New reasons not to buy meat and poultry at the local grocery.

This is a rough month for carnivores and others who like eating safe meat. Two studies tested beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from groceries in six cities from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale. What they found was enough to make … Continue reading

Researchers find U.S. pigs carrying MRSA

Scientists swabbed the noses of 209 pigs from 10 farms in Iowa and Illinois and found MRSA in 70 percent of the porkers. Today, in Boston, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Abby Harper, a graduate researcher in the University of Iowa’s department of epidemiology, presented the results of a study that she and Michael Male did on 20 workers at the Iowa swine farms. Harper reported that 45 percent of the workers carried the same MRSA bacterium as the pigs.

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