SQUID SCARE! NEWLY DISCOVERED ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA FOUND IN FOOD SOURCE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
According to a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication antibiotic resistant bacteria has been discovered in food – raw squid - for the first time. This could pose a risk for humans if infected through cross-contamination or consumption of incorrectly prepared contaminated food.
The squid contained the organism Pseudomonas fluorescens, and was sold in a Chinese grocery store in Saskatoon, Canada raw and frozen in January 2014 according to the CDC. The squid was likely imported from South Korea – which goes to show how widely spread the issue could potentially be.
Source: Washington Post
Carbapenems, are a common type of broad spectrum antibiotic, and are used as a last resort to fight bacterial infections including those caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Carbapenemase - the enzyme produced by the bacteria found in the squid (and potentially other organisms), more or less turns the antibiotics themselves into limp squid by disrupting their effectiveness altogether.
Yes, if the food is prepared correctly and cooked at an appropriately high temperature and if you are generally healthy you aren’t so likely to be at risk. The issue, is with those that have compromised immune systems – the young, the old, the ill and those that have had transplants who are already vulnerable to such infections. And, as pointed out in a Washington Post article, the amplified danger comes with the fact that such bacteria, are able to share the gene producing the enzyme that disables the antibiotic with other bacteria that were previously without this capability. Spreading genes isn’t so good sometimes…
Yikes! Fully cook your food folks! Stay safe and healthy out there!
SOURCE: Washington Post/ CDC
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