The other day in the New York Times National Briefing, there was a blurb about how half the meat and poultry found in grocery stores were tainted with Staphylococcus aureus.  WTF?  Shouldn’t this be front page news, not buried in a single paragraph next to menswear ads?  The study covers 80 brands of beef, pork, and poultry from 26 stores, presumably those plastic wrapped meats on beds of styrofoam, the appearance of never having been an animal, sanitized for our protection, now a hazard.  Granted the study sample was small – 136 samples – and only from five cities, but is disturbing nevertheless.  It still suggests a broad scope of contamination, spread through the industrialized food chain.  Half of the contaminated samples also had some form of antibiotic resistant bacteria, evidence of rampant overuse of antibiotics.  Welcome to The Jungle.


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