Ground turkey rife with fecal contamination
Consumer Reports says more than half of the samples in its study were tainted with telltale bacteria.
In an announcement that's not likely to quiet your smug vegetarian and vegan friends any time soon, Consumer Reports says that more than half of the ground turkey samples it tested for a recent study were contaminated with fecal bacteria.
So to avoid unwittingly eating the horse found in ground beef at Burger King (BKW), Yum Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell, Wal-Mart (WMT) and Ikea outlets throughout Europe, folks have started eating . . . well . . . traces of poop.
The test covered 257 retail samples from 21 states and 27 different brands -- including Cargill's Shady Brook Farms, Jennie-O, Perdue, Publix, Whole Foods (WFM) and Trader Joe's -- all purchased in retail stores. Almost 70% of the samples contained enterococcus, while 60% contained E. coli. Both are signs of fecal contamination.
Some of the bacteria found in the tested samples can cause food poisoning, as well as urinary, bloodstream and other infections. Overall, Consumer Reports found than more than 90% of the ground turkey samples it tested contained at least one of the bacteria its test was looking for -- salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, enterococcus and campylobacter. No campylobacter was found.
It wasn't great news for organic shoppers, either, as Consumer Reports found that conventional ground turkey and turkey labeled "no antibiotics," "organic," (which doesn't use antibiotics) or "raised without antibiotics" were equally likely to contain the four bacteria. The lone difference, the magazine says, is that the bacteria found in conventional turkey is far more likely to be resistant to the antibiotics used to fight them.
For its part, the National Turkey Federation industry group that represents the $29.5 billion turkey industry issued a press release calling the Consumer Reports study "alarmist." That tends to be the case when a consumer watchdog group sounds an alarm.
jeebus, if we keep letting the proverbial foxes watch the henhouses, how long will it be before we revert to the pre-Upton Sinclair standard of wondering how many actual meat-packers are packed in your meat?
To think I eat low fat or little fat ground turkey at least once a week.It certainly was not good news for organic shoppers.Maybe the use of antibiotics will help.Immune cases come into play.
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