Multi-resistant germs on frozen chickens

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Frozen chickens contaminated with dangerous multi-resistant germs

Reporters have discovered multi-resistant pathogens in frozen chicken that can trigger dangerous infections in humans. The NDR magazine "Panorama Nord" examined frozen chicken from the supermarket and discovered multi-resistant staphylococcal bacteria. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are particularly dangerous for humans if they are infected because they are resistant to all common antibiotics, making treatment of the sick considerably more difficult.

The multi-resistant pathogens discovered on the deep-frozen chicken can, according to the surgeon Doctor Burkhard Kursch, cause “life-threatening infections” in humans compared to “Panorama Nord”. The germs are killed when the meat is heated, but when the meat comes into contact with the preparation, the multi-resistant pathogens could get into the human body through the smallest of wounds and trigger serious diseases, the experts warned. The occurrence of multi-resistant germs is favored by the production conditions in factory farming, since antibiotics are often used relatively carefree for disease prevention, according to the current NDR report.

Multi-resistant pathogens on frozen poultry are not uncommon The multi-resistant pathogens are causing a sensation in Germany, especially in clinics, hospitals and care facilities. Relatively often, patients in Germany become infected with the dangerous germs during an inpatient stay. Very few people are aware that the multi-resistant bacteria can also be contained in food. Although the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had already presented the results of a study last year in which more than 30 percent of the frozen poultry meat examined contained multi-resistant germs. The NDR magazine "Panorama Nord" has now also discovered MRSA germs on the frozen chicken from a supermarket. What is frightening is the ease with which the responsible food producer in the television report pushes the burden of his frozen chicken aside. Although the manufacturer confirmed the MRSA contamination of the poultry when asked by the reporters, this was not a problem when consumed if the meat was cooked properly. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) confirmed this statement, but pointed out that there is also an increased risk of infection from MRSA during preparation.

MRSA can be ingested during meat preparation. The multi-resistant germs can get into the human body via the smallest cuts on the hands and trigger serious infections there, microbiologist Wolfgang Witte told Panorama Nord. The growing spread of multidrug-resistant bacterial strains is also a major concern for the experts. Since the pathogens learn about the exchange of genetic information from one another, according to the specialist in general medicine, Thomas Fein, a kind of "microbiological apocalypse" could be imminent, in which treatment of bacterial infectious diseases with antibiotics would be ruled out in the future. According to the experts, the ingestion of the MRSA germs currently discovered on the frozen chicken can be avoided, for example, by wearing disposable gloves during preparation, but the general spread of multi-resistant pathogens threatens to increase further due to the production conditions in factory farming.

Factory farming favors the spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens The proliferation of multidrug-resistant pathogens in mass livestock farming is particularly favored by the carefree use of antibiotics. Although the use of antibiotics as "performance enhancers" has been banned in the European Union since January 01, 2006, that is, the addition of antibiotics to maximize yield is prohibited, according to allegations by various animal welfare organizations, antibiotics in factory farming are still frequently provisional to all Inventory issued. Often not only the sick but also the healthy animals regularly receive antibiotics under the guise of therapeutic necessity. Since, in addition to the animals, the bacteria also come into constant contact with antibiotics, resistant pathogens develop that can no longer be treated with conventional antibiotics. Due to the dense stock in the stables, the multi-resistant pathogens such as MRSA can then easily jump from animal to animal and ultimately burden the entire herd, veterinarian Hermann Focke told Panorama Nord.

Experts fear the emergence of new multi-resistant pathogens Since the multi-resistant pathogens can cause life-threatening infections in humans, the carefree use of antibiotics in factory farming should be assessed particularly critically, according to the experts. In the past, for example, the sometimes improper use of antibiotics in human medicine has caused considerable criticism from the professional world, since this encourages the occurrence of multi-resistant pathogens in hospitals and clinics. The German Society for Hospital Hygiene sees improper use of antibiotics as the main cause of the occurrence of multi-resistant germs in the clinics. It is hard to understand for experts in the field of human medicine that the spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens is apparently simply accepted in factory farming. Because they are concerned that the multi-resistant germs from factory farming could somehow be introduced into hospitals and clinics, and that new, particularly dangerous pathogens will arise from the exchange with the so-called hospital germs that already exist. (fp)

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