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From: TSS ()
Subject: FSA WARNS 'SUPERBUG MRSA' IN FARM ANIMALS AND HAS SPREAD TO SOME FARM WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Date: June 25, 2007 at 10:29 am PST

Agency response to MRSA report
Monday 25 June 2007


The Food Standards Agency today reiterated advice on safe handling and
cooking of meat for those worried by a report of a strain of 'superbug' MRSA
in farm animals.

The Soil Association report highlights a new strain of the bacteria
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that has developed
amongst intensively farmed pigs, chickens and other livestock, especially in
the Netherlands, where it has spread to some farm workers and their
families.

'The Agency is aware of this issue and we are keeping a watching brief on
developments across Europe,' said Paul Cook of the Food Standards Agency
Microbiological Safety Division. 'However, this is already being considered
jointly by a number of Government agencies. Any possible emerging risk in
the UK will be assessed, and appropriate action will be taken.

'We have only just received the report from the Soil Association, which we
will examine in detail.'

None of the new strain of MRSA has been found in UK food-producing animals.

The Agency's advice on avoiding food poisoning bacteria applies equally to
any strain of MRSA. Proper cooking will destroy MRSA. Guidance on the safe
handling and cooking of food, especially meat, is available at the link
below.

http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2007/jun/mrsa


MRSA in farm animals and meat
A new threat to human health


http://www.soilassociation.org/Web/SA/saweb.nsf/89d058cc4dbeb16d80256a73005a2866/5cae3a9c3b4da4b880257305002daadf/$FILE/MRSA%20report%20Summary.pdf


Full Text of report ;


http://www.soilassociation.org/Web/SA/saweb.nsf/89d058cc4dbeb16d80256a73005a2866/5cae3a9c3b4da4b880257305002daadf/$FILE/MRSA%20report.pdf

greetings,


This is very nasty stuff. Believe it or not, while on my third neck surgery,
after a few extra precautions due to my mom having hvCJD (i banked my blood
once, only use my bone for graph, no bank bone, and some extra precautions
on bone grinder if i recall correctly, all for fear of CJD/TSE, and then
damn near kill me with MRSA. 8 weeks vancomycin, two times a day, 1500 mgs,
and a hole in my hip. so, this is why i keep up with the MRSA and now we
have VRSA, which is vancomycin resistant. then your just sht out of luck,
except for some experimental cocktail of sorts. this is why i have kept up
with not only all the mad cow feed ban warning letters, but also all the
warning letters for Edible Tissues/Adulterated where cattle are so sick when
they go for slaughter, they are pumped up with all these antibiotics and
hormones, and then one wonders why we have become resistant to some of these
same type drugs, or why young adolescents have developed so. ....... fast,
well, whatever. on a weekly basis you can go and read something like ;


On or about October 26, 2006, you sold a dairy cow, identified with Back Tag
#[redacted] (possibly [redacted]), lot tag #[redacted], for slaughter as
food at [redacted] in [redacted] slaughtered this cow on or about October
26. United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service (USDA/FSIS) analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal
identified the presence of gentamicin in the liver and kidney tissues. The
level of gentarnicin was not quantified. No tolerance has been established
for residues of gentamicin in the edible tissues of cows as codified in
Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR), Part 556.300. The presence
of gentamicin in edible tissues from this animal causes the food to be
adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) [21 U.S.C. §
342(a)(2)(C)(ii)].

On or about October 13, 2006, you sold a dairy cow, identified with Back Tag
#[redacted], Lot Tag #[redacted], for slaughter as food at [redacted]
slaughtered this cow on or about October 13. USDA/FSIS analysis of tissue
samples collected from this animal identified the presence of penicillin at
18 ppm (parts per million) in the kidney tissue and at .12 ppm in the liver
tissue. A tolerance of .05 ppm has been established for residues of
penicillin in the edible tissues of cows as codified in 21 CFR 556.510. The
presence of this drug in edible tissues from this animal causes the food to
be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) [21 U.S.C. §
342(a)(2)(C)(ii)].


http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/s6389c.htm

unlike the TSE agent, it seems at least you can kill this deadly pathogen by
cooking properly.
oh boy, that makes me feel better about the product.

how and why have we (supposedly the most intelligent species on earth)
become so stupid $$$


TSS




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