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Retail meats host drug-resistant bacteria

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12:20pm, October 17, 2001

There's a good chance your grocer's meats are tainted with bacterial germs that are relatively invulnerable to antibiotics, a trio of new studies finds. As a result, anyone sickened by these microbes could find the arsenal of drugs available to fight their infection small to nonexistent.

Three years ago, the Washington, D.C.­based National Research Council and Institute of Medicine jointly published an analysis of the human-health impacts of low doses of antibiotics added to livestock feed to promote the animals' growth. The report concluded that at least some antibiotic-resistant disease in people is due to meat from animals treated with these growth promoters (SN: 7/18/98, p. 39: http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc98/7_18_98/fob7.htm).

However, the analysis failed to es

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