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1/4 Chicken Samples in UK Supermarkets Contain Antibiotic Resistant E. Coli

by Anna Scanlon, Natural Society:

A study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has found that one in four chicken samples, taken from the most common UK supermarkets, contain antibiotic resistant E. coli. [1]

This study, which was commissioned by the group Save Our Antibiotics, concluded that 51% of E. coli found in both pork and poultry samples were resistant to the common antibiotic trimethoprim, which is often used to treat lower urinary tract infections.

Mark Holmes, who conducted the research, stated that the findings were “worrying.” [2]

Scientific adviser at Save our Antibiotics, Cóilín Nunan told the Daily Mail:

“These findings should be a wake-up call for supermarkets and the Government.

They show that many consumers are being exposed to high levels of antibiotic resistance daily at meal time. Scientific evidence is accumulating that the overuse of antibiotics on farms is an important contributor to antibiotic resistance in E.coli infections.

E.coli is now killing more than twice as many people as MRSA and Clostridium difficile combined, so the price of any further inaction will be measured in human lives.”

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