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Infections Linked to Meat

RESISTANT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS LINKED TO MEAT CONSUMPTION

FEED (Food & Environment Electronic Digest), Union of Concerned Scientists,

March 2008

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_environment/feed/feed-march-2008.html#3

A new study indicates that women suffering from urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by drug-resistant E. coli bacteria reported eating more chicken and pork than women whose UTIs were easily treated with antibiotics.

This study adds to the evidence that UTIs are antibiotic-resistant diseases originating in animals that can be passed to people through meat consumption. According to a UCS report [ http://tinyurl.com/dm5pl  ], 70 percent of the antibiotics and related drugs in the United States are used to promote growth and ward off disease in livestock that are not sick. This practice creates an ideal breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Read the study abstract in Foodborne Pathogens & Disease [ http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/fpd.2007.0026  ], or read more about antibiotics from UCS [ http://tinyurl.com/3asz9j  ].

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