In the News...Porcine Superbugs

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The detection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pork is causing scientists concern that these dangerous bacteria may be passed along to those who eat pork or work with pigs.

In 7.1 percent of 113 pigs tested, researchers from the University of Minnesota found antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Doctors at the University of Iowa found the same strains of bacteria in 147 of 299 pigs tested. Ontario Veterinary College researchers likewise found similar bacteria in 10 percent of 212 samples of ground pork and pork chops from four Canadian provinces.

Several cases of human beings infected with these same bacteria in Scotland and the Netherlands give reason to think that cross-contamination leading to the human population might be possible (Thomas Burton, "Bacteria in Pork Showing Resistance to Antibiotics," The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2008). This could become a definite concern for government health agencies in light of the international trade of meats and other foods.

Thankfully, this possible outbreak should pose no problem to those who follow the biblical guidelines that identify clean and unclean meats. Pork is listed as an unclean meat and is therefore not meant for human food. For more information, please request or download What Does the Bible Teach About Clean and Unclean Meats?