Staphylococcus Aureus

Researchers said the public should not be overly worried by the findings

MRSA found in UK retail meat products

By Joseph James Whitworth

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been found in retail meat products from supermarkets in the UK.

The testing programme has detected and verified LA-MRSA infections in 15 pig herds to date

Norway food safety test uncovers new pig superbug outbreaks

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

A countrywide testing programme by Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has uncovered six new pig herds infected by the drug-resistant LA-MRSA (livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) bacteria in what constitutes a new...

Two 10-day old piglets from a breeder-finisher farm in England were found to have skin lesions

Livestock associated MRSA detected in GB piglets

By Georgi Gyton

The discovery of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in piglets in eastern England has been attributed to the bacteria being a “successful” species, rather than through overuse of antimicrobials.

The MIT 1000 system

MIT and NMU target alternative sample prep method

By Joseph James Whitworth

Micro Imaging Technology (MIT) and Northern Michigan University (NMU) are investigating an alternative pathogen sample preparation method that could provide a specimen test turnaround time of four to five hours.

The boycott has arisen over claims about Denmark's animal welfare standards

Boycott of Danish pork widens in Sweden

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Danish officials have raised concerns over a boycott of Danish pork in Swedish ICA Supermarket stores during a meeting of Nordic prime ministers in Iceland.

5 second rule: Fact or fiction?

5 second rule holds truth?

By Joseph James Whitworth

The ‘five second rule’ about picking up food after it has been dropped on the floor may have some scientific basis, according to research.

UK MRSA debate continues

UK MRSA debate continues

By Nicholas Robinson

Soil Association policy advisor Richard Young has welcomed comments about MRSA and the use of antibiotics on farms made by vet James Marsen.


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