Consumer Reports: Most Pork Contaminated with Bacteria


Consumer Reports found that most of the pork it recently tested was contaminated with one or more forms of harmful bacteria:

Nov 28, 2012

Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated With Yersinia Bacteria…

Yersinia enterocolitica, a lesser-known food-borne pathogen, was present in 69 percent of the pork products tested, according to a study released today by Consumer Reports.

More than 100,000 Americans are affected by the bacteria a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For every case that is confirmed with a laboratory test, about 120 more cases escape diagnosis. The bacteria can hit hard. Symptoms can include fever, cramps and bloody diarrhea.

In the Consumer Reports study, ground pork turned out to be riskier than pork chops. In the samples taken, 69 percent tested positive for Yersenia and 11 percent for enterococcus, which can indicate fecal contamination.

Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated With Yersinia Bacteria…

“The results were concerning,” Urvashi Rangan, one of the authors of the report, told “It’s hard to say that there was no problem. It shows that there needs to be better hygiene at animal plants. Yersinia wasn’t even being monitored for.”

In a written statement, the Pork Producer’s Council questioned the methods used by Consumer Reports...

It is little surprise that the Pork Producer’s Council would want to question the conclusions of the study.  But the fact is that Consumer Reports found that most pork it tested was contaminated.

Of course, if humans followed biblical injunctions about not eating swine, there would be a lot less pigs, much less contact with them, and a much reduced risk of getting diseases from them.

Pigs transmit a variety of diseases to humans, including potentially deadly ones (for more details, please see The New Testament Church and Unclean Meats and Pigs May Spread Deadly Ebola Virus).  They may be a factor in some of the pestilences to come.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

The New Testament Church and Unclean Meats Are foods considered to have been unclean in the Old Testament considered to be food in the New Testament? This article discusses this from the perspective of the New Testament. It also has a list of clean and unclean animals. It also answers the question, is pork healthy or is pork dangerous?
Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse What is the pale horse of death and pestilences? What will it bring and when?

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