Consumer Reports: Ground turkey samples reveal antibiotic-resistant bacteria

April 30, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

food poisoning lawyerConsumer Reports will post the results of a study in June that reveals that testing of 257 samples of ground turkey in markets across the United States revealed that the 90% of the turkey samples showed contamination with a disease-causing organisms and more than 50% of the turkey samples were contaminated with fecal bacteria.

Bacteria such as e-coli and staph aureas found in the turkey have the potential to caused food poisoning and infections in humans.

According to Consumer Reports:

"Some bacteria that end up on ground turkey, including E. coli and staph aureus, can cause not only food poisoning but also urinary, bloodstream, and other infection."

A most worrying finding of the study is that many of the organisms that researchers found were resistant to antibiotics.

Turkey, like livestock, are often given antibiotics to promote animal health and growth. This practice can result in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is a serious threat to human health.

Tips for Cooking or Preparing Food

To avoid food borne illness when cooking at home one should use the following precautions:

  • Wash hands thoroughly before preparing food and after going to the bathroom
  • Thoroughly cook eggs and meat and poultry
  • Cook all foods to recommended internal temperatures, beef-160 degrees; poultry-180 degrees; fish 140-degrees
  • Refrigerate unconsumed portions immediately in clean containers
  • Consume only pasteurized dairy products and fruit juices

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

It is estimated that there were approximately 3,000 fatalities and 130,000 hospitalizations due to foodborne illness in the U.S. in 2012. In 2012 there was a salmonella outbreak that made hundreds of people in the U.S. sick due to salmonella-tainted salmon.

In 2011, there was the second deadliest foodborne illness outbreak due to listeriosis linked to cantaloupes traced to Jensen Farms. In that outbreak, 30 people died and 146 people were infected.

When to Contact an Attorney

If your foodborne illness caused serious illness requiring hospitalization due to the negligence of a food supplier or restaurant, you may be eligible to make a claim for your medical and other costs. A Bellevue personal injury attorney can assist you with your claim and insure that your rights are protected.

Herbert Farber, a personal injury attorney with offices in Bellevue, Washington, has successfully recovered settlements for those who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.