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PostSubject: Egad! Don't think I'll be eating turkey burgers.   Wed May 01, 2013 4:33 pm

From Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/04/theres-fecal-bacteria-your-ground-turkey

Just a small portion of the article (link above)

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The Consumer Reports study comes on the heels of a troubling analysis of Food and Drug Administration meat-testing data performed by Environmental Working Group. Every year, the FDA randomly selects samples of meat from retailers, tests them for resistant bacteria, and publishes the results in a manner that's nearly indecipherable (try it yourself—latest report, released in February, is here). EWG slogged through the results (report here) and found that 81 percent of ground turkey samples contained traces of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

All of which shines a harsh spotlight on the FDA's "voluntary" approach to curbing antibiotic use on farms. Between 2003 and 2011, antibiotic use on US livestock farms soared from 20 million pounds per year to 30 million pounds—a jaw-dropping 50 percent leap. These facilities now suck in 80 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the United States. The great bulk of these drugs are used not to treat sick animals, but rather to make them grow faster and keep them alive until slaughter under tight, filthy conditions.

Meanwhile, there's the US Department of Agriculture's imminent plan to slash the number of inspectors it places on poultry-industry kill lines (chicken and turkey) while simultaneously allowing those same kill lines to be sped up.

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PostSubject: Re: Egad! Don't think I'll be eating turkey burgers.   Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:50 pm

......and my husband wonders why I have nearly become a vegetarian over the last two years.

I wonder what happens if a person who is allergic to, say, penicillin eats turkey that received penicillin?
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PostSubject: Re: Egad! Don't think I'll be eating turkey burgers.   Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:28 am

That's disgusting.

Good question, PB... YIKES!
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