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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in meat products, the Netherlands.

The authors investigated the extent of S. aureus presence in meat and found 36 S. aureus strains in 79 samples. Two meat samples (2.5%) contained MRSA. Furthermore, S. aureus is found regularly in low amounts in meat sold to consumers. This study demonstrates that MRSA has entered the food chain. As the amounts were very low, the pathogen is not likely to cause disease, especially if meat is properly prepared before consumption. However, contamination of food products may be a potential threat for the acquisition of MRSA by those who handle the food. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2007;13.

Author: van Loo IHM, Diederen BMW, Savelkoul PHM

Published: 01/01/2007

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Emerging Infectious Diseases