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RESPONSIBLE FARMING NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER

British supermarkets, according to Guardian investigator, are selling pork chops and bacon with antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. After many tests they found three different strains of MRSA: 100 products were tested and in 9 contained the bug (8 of them were imported from Denmark).

The Food Standards Agency (a non-ministerial government department of UK responsible for food safety and farming establishment) still downside the risk of intensive production, stating that is safe, efficient and clean. Also telling that it’s not a factory farming problem, but it’s how the food is cooked: adequate home cooking will kill off bacteria. The problem with MRSA it’s that can be transferred to people’s skin before the cooking.

European Food Safety Authority, WHO and many others organization recognized the high risk of using antibiotics on factory farm; because abusing antibiotics on the food we eat is causing antibiotic-resistant bugs to humans.

In 2006, EU banned the use of antibiotics as growth-promoters, but for many reasons the employment of it is still going into many supermarkets. One of the causes is intensive meat production; in intensive systems, pigs are fed systematically with sub-therapeutics levels of antibiotics included into their food.

There is an urgent need to legally binding the use of antibiotics in farming in UK; a solution can be a tax on farmyard antibiotics. Buying organic and grass-fed food is not a trend, but is becoming a necessity for human health.

 

The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Monday, 22 June 2015

(Source: The Guardian)