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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Discovered In Shop-Bought Pork

by | November 26, 2019

Samples of pork purchased from US grocery chain Walmart have been found to contain harmful antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Researchers have been looking into the potential health impacts of low-welfare farming practices, both to determine the health implications for consumers and to highlight the suffering of the pigs.

160 samples of pork were collected for the research — 80 from Walmart and 80 from a competing retail chain. All of the samples were then tested in batches at Texas Tech University.

The results showed that “samples from Walmart were far more likely to contain a detectable presence of two or more of the bacteria in a single batch than the other chain.”

Experts have explained that by 2050, the lives of 10 million people each year will be at risk “due to the rise of drug-resistant infections if we do not find proactive solutions now.”

“The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a global public health crisis,” explained the report, “leading to longer durations of illness, higher hospitalization rates, and greater mortality.”

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Antibiotics are used to help prevent infections on pig farms (Photo: krumanop/Shutterstock.com)

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Pork & World Animal Protection

The research was conducted by World Animal Protection — a global organization working to “create a better world for animals.”

Last year the organization launched the Raise Pigs Right campaign “to help transform the lives of pigs suffering in intensive factory farms around the world.”

Through the campaign, the organization is aiming to improve farming standards for pigs to give them a more natural life.

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