Flies and Chicken Poop Spreading Super Bugs!

New findings in the journal Science of the Total Environment claim flies flitting around chicken crap help spread drug-resistant superbugs. Test samples matched antibiotic-resistant bacteria on houseflies and poop found at intensive poultry-farming barns in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Flies spread all sorts of nastiness, such as cholera and salmonellosis. As many as 30,000 flies buzz in and out of poultry-houses every six weeks; Reuters reports.

In December, a study revealed trucks transporting chickens along highways leave behind a trail of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, setting up a health risk for people traveling these routes and individuals living nearby. Then last month Japanese researchers determined 20% of their poultry is contaminated with salmonella. Other countries only post 4% to 9%.

In the U.S. we eat sick or injured animals all the time. Warning! This video is graphic, but you’ll see how cattle ranchers and slaughterhouses feed us cows with infected tumors, chickens living in feces and pigs pumped with antibiotics. No, no human health risks there!

Via ChooseVeg.com.

Image credit: roblisameehan

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Monty - March 18, 2009 11:34 AM

If chickens are contaminated with salmonella, are salmon also contaminated with chickenella? Or do the bugs just help to decompose the poop?

McBloggenstein - March 18, 2009 12:00 PM

AAK, that video was hard to watch. The funny (well.. sad) part is, if you try and tell people that the food they're eating goes through these conditions before it gets to their plate, they act like they don't want to know about it. That's one of the weirdest human behaviors to me.

derrick deLay - March 19, 2009 1:16 AM

McBloggenstein,
They don't want to know about it. They want to pretend things like antibiotic resistant super bugs created by intensive animal agriculture don't exist so they can go on eating the way our disease-ridden, overweight society taught them to. It is a weird behavior.

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