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MRSA: Can It Come From Food Animals?

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Ever dream of being eaten alive by trillions of microbes? Since I started blogging about MRSA, C. diff. and VRE, I have. Take a look at my previous blogs; MRSA in the House of Representatives Gym , Guidelines For Preventing MRSA And VRE ,and Hospital Acquired Infections and C. diff and you will see what is bugging me…it is these antibiotic resistant microbes.

Now I am worried that the antibiotics fed to food animals, such as cattle, chickens, and pigs, may be partly the blame for these antibiotic resistant microbes. According to the lobbyist, farmers couldn’t survive unless they feed their animals these antibiotics and these are not fed to sick animals, but to healthy animals.

Their logic is that the antibiotics kill the microbes in the animals and the animals don’t have to expend energy fighting these bugs, and so get fatter faster. Without these antibiotics, meat would be so expensive, people couldn’t afford to buy it and the farmers would go bankrupt. I know my wife and I always buy "Smart Chicken" and it is more expensive than "Natural Chicken," but we can still afford some now and then.

An article published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy indicates that, even if resistant pathogens do reach man; the clinical consequences of resistance may be small. The article goes on to state, "The application of the ‘precautionary principle’ is a non-scientific approach that assumes that risk assessments will be carried out."

I am interested in what you think about this article. Who funded it? Are there more recent articles that debunk this line of thinking?

Anyone else out there dreaming about being eaten alive…