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Continued: Tests of ground turkey find antibiotic-resistant bacteria

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 30, 2013 - 10:01 PM

Eight ground turkey samples in Consumer Reports’ tests contained salmonella resistant to at least three antibiotic classes, including one sample that originated at Cargill’s Arkansas plant. However, the overall incidence of salmonella found by Consumer Reports in plants run by Cargill, Hormel and the rest of the industry was relatively low.

Government studies have typically found that 12 percent of samples from turkey plants contain salmonella, compared to only 5 percent of the samples tested by Consumer Reports.

Mike Hughlett • 612-673-7003

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  • Consumer Reports’ testing included Cargill turkey products. Cargill said: “Safe food is fundamental to our business.”

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