From Germanwatch.org: Ranking of EU chicken meat companies after contamination with antimicrobial-resistant pathogens
The testing of 165 chicken meat samples from the three largest EU poultry meat companies showed that one in two chicken meat samples is contaminated with antimicrobial-resistant pathogens.
The samples were purchased in five EU countries (DE, ES, FR, NL, PL) from the low-cost range of Lidl, Aldi, and directly from the companies’ factory outlets.
Chickens from the German PHW group are the most contaminated, with a total of 59 percent of contaminated samples, followed by the French LDC group with 57 percent of contaminated samples.
At the Dutch Plukon Food Group, one in three chickens is contaminated with resistant pathogens.
Antibiotic-resistant pathogens are a growing health threat.
If people pick up resistant pathogens during the preparation or consumption of meat, this can lead to serious infections where antibiotics have little or no effect.
On average, one-third of chicken meat samples contain pathogens that are resistant to quinolones.
This group of critically important antimicrobials (CIA HP) is considered by the WHO to be of particular importance with the highest priority for humans.
Uniform EU rules against their routine use in industrial animal husbandry are still lacking.
In the US, quinolones were already banned for chickens for fattening in 2005, and resistance rates in animals have decreased significantly.
The EU Commission is considering reserving the most important groups of antibiotics for humans until the end of 2020 to combat resistance from animal holdings.
The available test results demonstrate the need for an EU-wide ban on CIA HP antibiotics in industrial livestock production.
At the same time, a change in the system of breeding and keeping food-producing animals is necessary, as more animal-friendly procedures can avoid the routine use of antibiotics.
Germanwatch recommends to consumers to avoid cheap chicken and to switch to organic products from smaller, farm-based livestock farms where – if at all – significantly lower resistance rates are found.
Transmission of antibiotic resistance from animals to humans
First picture: Antibiotics are given to factory-farmed chickens
Second picture: Multi-resistant germs develop in the animal body
Third picture: Antibiotic-resistant germs enter the environment.
Fourth picture: … and into the food
Fifth picture: the germs can cause serious infections that antibiotics can hardly help against
And I mean… The vegans were always on the carnivore’s line of fire:
“Take care of your food and leave me alone” …
“It is my free choice to eat what I like …”
“It is not healthy to only feed on plants …”
Right from the start, we drew attention to the dangers that come from slaughterhouses and factory farming.
The carnivores were just annoyed.
Now I rub my hands and officially say that it is my free choice to feel divine joy just at the thought that the carnivores may have already eaten these highly dangerous new germs and even with pleasure!!
We expected it.
These are the free citizens, the corpse eaters, the second-hand murderers, those who commissioned the daily massacres in slaughterhouses …
I wish them a lot of fun and a lot of courage for further free elections in our pathogenic democracy.
My best regards to all, Venus