So there you have it. In the words of a reputable scientist, for a change, and not from the usual anti-CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operations) ranks or other organic-food nuts: stuffing food animals with antibiotics is a bad idea.
At the risk of clarifying the obvious, industrial animal farms that feed the poor creatures food that Nature never intended for them (such as GM corn), and with antibiotics designed to mitigate the side-effects of such inappropriate food and of appalling living conditions, are breeding mutant super-bacteria in the food chain. That includes us, human beings.
The report underlines that Staph should be killed with proper cooking. However, it may still pose a risk to consumers through improper food handling and cross-contamination in the kitchen. Staph can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections to life-threatening diseases, such as pneumonia, endocarditis and sepsis. What is a doctor to do when antibiotic treatments have no impact on her patient’s condition?
“The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria–including Staph–remains a major challenge in clinical medicine,” said Paul S. Keim, Ph.D., Director of TGen’s Pathogen Genomics Division and Director of the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University (NAU).