Report: Much of country’s ground beef contaminated

SHARE Report: Much of country’s ground beef contaminated
SHARE Report: Much of country’s ground beef contaminated

First chicken, then shrimp, and now beef.

Consumer Reports wants you to know what may be lurking in the meat you buy at the grocery store, and the consumer advocacy magazine’s latest report is a doozy.

In a test of 300 packages of ground beef, purchased from grocery stores around the country, Consumer Reports found all 300 had some bacteria consistent with fecal contamination.

Some had bacteria like E. coli, and ten to 20 percent of the packages had bacteria that is known to cause illness.

More than 80 percent of conventionally-raised cattle, the type raised in feedlots and given antibiotics, had two types of bacteria or more.

Sustainably raised beef did better, but not by much: a little less than 60 percent tested positive for multiple types of bacteria.

The scariest fact: 18 percent of conventional beef tested positive for superbugs, or bacteria that is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

In response to Consumer Reports’ findings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture told NBC News that none of the E. coli found in the beef was the type that produced illness-causing toxins.

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