Deadly Superbug Found in Pork Products

According to Food Safety News, “tests on pork products sold at two major UK supermarket chains found three samples contaminated with a livestock strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

A recent article in The Guardian stated that the United Kingdom “is on the brink of another food scandal.

Tim Lang, a professor at the Centre for Food Policy at London’s City University, said, “You may get cheap meat, but in the long term it’s going to add to your public health problems.

The threat of superbugs is at an all-time high as filthy factory farms continue to overuse antibiotics. This is terrifying because many diseases that affect us can also be carried by animals. Tuberculosis is infectious to cattle, and swine flu and bird flu have jumped the species barrier as well. Yet farmers continue to cram sick animals into tiny spaces while repeatedly injecting them with antibiotics—putting us all at serious risk.

Just this past May, a Pennsylvania woman was infected with a strain of bacteria resistant to an antibiotic of last resort. Superbugs are becoming increasingly common. In fact, after the case in Pennsylvania, CDC director Tom Frieden stated:
It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics—that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive care units, or patients getting urinary-tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics.
Just last year, Mother Jones highlighted a study that predicted 10 million people would die a year from antibiotic-resistant infections by 2050.

The best way to stave off superbugs is to boycott the industry that’s helping create them. Transitioning to a diet free of animal products is easy, healthy, and delicious. For more information, visit