90 percent of turkey products contaminated
In a study conducted by Consumer Reports, nearly 90 percent of the turkey products sampled from retail stores across the U.S. were found to be contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Some of the products contained germs that can cause illness, including salmonella and staphylococcus aureus. The researchers also found that products from turkeys fed antibiotics actually contained more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than the other poultry.
The testing showed that almost half of the raw ground meat and patties packages were infected with fecal bacteria. Sixty percent of the samples contained enteroccus; 60 percent had E. coli; 80 percent were found to have enterococcus bacteria; and half of the E. coli strands were found to be of the antibiotic-resistant variety. Three samples were contaminated with MRSA, which can prove fatal.
Even though organic turkey was found to harbor just as much bacteria as the other turkey products, those organic products were much less likely to have drug-resistant bacteria in them. As a result of the study, Consumer Reports strongly recommended that consumers consider switching to organic turkey products.