Thursday, November 29, 2012

Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated

Recent Consumer Reports research found that 69% of raw pork products have been found to contain the bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica.  According to an article by Alyssa Newcomb (link to article below), over 100,000 Americans get sick from from this bacteria each year (bloody stools, diarrhea, fever, cramps). For each reported case, there may be 120 or more unreported cases. So, the numbers of infection are high. 11% also contained other enterococcus bacteria strains. 4% contained Salmonella and Listeria strains, also. It is very important that you thoroughly cook meat. In addition, thoroughly wash any utensils or plates that come into contact with raw meat. [Personal note: my highest recommendation is to abstain from eating meat. Good for the planet, for the animals, and for you.]  For more information, see: Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated.  For the actual study by Consumer Reports, see: What's in that pork?

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