The data, collected in 2011 by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System — a joint program of the Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — show a sizable increase in the amount of meat contaminated with antibiotic-resistant forms of bacteria, known as superbugs, like salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter.
Results from more than 7,000 tests carried out by the 27 countries in the union found horse DNA in about 5 percent of samples, while phenylbutazone, the banned drug used as an equine painkiller, was discovered in about 0.5 percent of samples. The figures, published by the European Commission, gave the first detailed picture of the extent of the problem.
- Superbugs in Your Meat (or, Why I Decided to Become a Vegetarian – Part ? in a Series of Many) (soyouwanttobeaveg.wordpress.com)