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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Germany : Resistant Bacteria Found In Poultry Products

Via The Poultry Site :

" GERMANY : Of 20 chicken tests done at random in supermarkets and discount stores in Berlin, Hamberg, Cologne, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, 10 were positive with ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta-lactamase) and methicillin resistant bacteria MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

"This is the result of persistent disturbing abuse of antibiotics," said the president of the environmental organisation BUND, Hubert Weiger, who criticised the use of antibiotics in animal production.

The organisation noted that the animals are subjected to prolonged treatment with a combination of different medicines.

According to Mr Weiger in intensive poultry rearing between 22 and 24 chickens are maintained per square meter. And having an increasing number of animals in too small a space is only possible using large amounts of antibiotics."

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