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article imageEvidence of 'super bacteria' found in North American squid

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 12, 2014 in Food
A strain of bacteria which is resistant to most normal antibiotics was discovered at a grocery store in Saskatoon, Canada. This has some troubling implications for food safety.
The strain is known as pseudomonas fluorescens is not dangerous to most people. While it is extremely resistant it can be fought off naturally. However it can exchange genes and characteristics with deadlier strains. Theoretically it could exchange immunity and/or severity with another strain of bacteria. If it were to be introduced into our rotation of bacteria in North America it could have dangerous results.
Contamination of food by antibiotic resistant strains has become more and more common. Chicken is just one of the many types of food that has been shown to contain strains similar to this. Now we can add squid to that list as well.
Despite these findings federal governments in Canada and the United States continue on with business as usual. After all the current standards are supposed to be sufficient to keep contamination like this from happening. It will likely take a mutation of one of these strains that leads to an outbreak before swift action is taken. You can read more about the study in a report by the Center for Disease Control.
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