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Consumer Reports: Ground Turkey Caution

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Trying to serve up healthy meals? More and more people are opting for ground turkey
instead of beef. Even Burger King has started serving up turkey burgers. Ground turkey
can be a better choice. But a just-released Consumer Reports investigation reveals that
it can also be a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Overall, 90 percent of the samples analyzed had one or more of the five bacteria
Consumer Reports looked for. Adding to that was the fact that most of those bacteria
proved resistant to antibiotics.

Consumer Reports shipped 257 samples of ground turkey to an outside lab. There,
scientists created a broth with each sample, to analyze it. More than half of the samples
tested positive for the fecal contaminants enterococcus and E. coli, the majority of which
were resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Some of those bacteria can cause food poisoning and many infections. The good news
is that Consumer Reports found less antibiotic-resistance in bacteria from turkeys raised
without antibiotics.

Using antibiotics in farm animals was once touted as a great innovation to prevent
disease and promote growth. But Consumer Reports says it is now clear that giving
turkeys and other animals antibiotics is accelerating the growth of drug-resistant
superbugs. When people are sickened with those, they can be much harder to treat.

To kill any bacteria that might be present in ground turkey, you need to cook it
thoroughly, to 165° F. You can also minimize your risk by making smart choices when
you shop. Consumer Reports says look for ground turkey labeled either "raised without
antibiotics" or "organic."

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,
cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website.
Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.


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