Report Shows Superbug Contamination In 62% Of Common Supermarket Meats

The EWG report suggests that overuse of antiobiotics has gone unchecked due to federal corruption
Meat Contamination
Pork chops showed a 71 percent rate of contamination

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been detected in 62 percent of common US supermarket meats, according to new data released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).


The non-profit - which aims to empower the public to protect their health through information - analyzed over 47,000 tests to determine the contamination rate.

Results showed high levels of potentially harmful bacteria in chicken, turkey, pork, and beef, caused by the administration of antibiotics to livestock.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria contamination rates ranged from 36 percent in chicken breasts, legs, thighs, and wings to 79 percent in ground turkey - while ground beef and pork chops hit 62 and 71 percent, respectively.

The organization also found that 20 percent of salmonella found in supermarket chicken was resistant to the antibiotic most commonly used to treat the ailment - amoxicillin.

Factory Farming
The EWG maintains that the over administration of antibiotics is meant to compensate for 'stressful, crowded and unsanitary conditions' on industrial farms (Photo: Facebook)

Federal corruption

According to the EWG report - which hints at corruption on a federal level - The Federal Drug Association (FDA) has made an effort to downplay the severity of the situation.

The report also argued that the government allows administration of 'highly important antibiotics to healthy animals to compensate for stressful, crowded and unsanitary conditions' - circumstances which result from prioritizing the bottom line.

On the EWG's stance, the report read: "We believe that bacterial resistance to a single antibiotic is superbug enough, and consumers shouldn't have to wait for widespread, multiple-drug resistance and untreatable bacterial infections for the FDA to protect them."

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