Pork products sold at retailers in Brazil contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a study funded by animal rights group World Animal Protection (WAP), providing potential evidence of overuse of the medicines in food livestock.
The study, which also looked at pork in three other countries, was conducted by the University of São Paulo on behalf of WAP in Brazil. It examined 100 meat samples from outlets owned by Carrefour, GPA and Walmart, WAP said.
“In all of the samples, the tests detected a generalized presence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics,” WPA noted in a report last week describing the study’s findings.
Researcher Terezinha Knobl told Reuters on December 17 that the issue related to super-resistant bacteria is global and addressing it is one of five priorities of the World Health Organization.
Still, she noted consumers need not be alarmed as there is no immediate risk of death or disease related to meat consumption.
“One of the aims of the study is advocating for a more rational use of antibiotics in livestock production,” Knobl said.| | | Next → | Single Page