The recent Jennie-O turkey burger recall may be worse than previously thought. The company recalled 28-tons of turkey burgers last week due to reported illnesses and after further testing it appears the tainted patties harbor drug-resistant salmonella.
The salmonella is a super-strain that has evolved from exposure to antibiotics. This means that it can’t be killed with most available drug treatments.
Salmonella, and other bacteria, evolve to become drug resistant strains after being exposed to antibiotics over long periods of time. Modern factory farms fed animals over 35 million pounds of antibiotics in 2010 in the US alone. This was a contributing factor to over superbug related 65,000 deaths that year.
Practices like this are meant to keep infections down when animals live is tight feces covered quarters but what they end up creating is far more dangerous.
I’m thinking Jennie-O’s stock is going to take quite a hit after this.