Tuesday, September 28, 2010

U.S. Food Supply Now Contaminated with Deadly MRSA Bacteria; Colloidal Silver to the Rescue!

Here's another great reason to get acquainted with the infection-fighting power of colloidal silver, and to obtain a high-quality home colloidal silver generator for the protection of your family.

As the news article below explains, the deadly MRSA bacteria is now infecting the U.S. meat supply, being especially prevalent in pork and beef products.

Yes, this means every time you prepare pork or beef (and other meats, to a lesser degree) you are literally risking a potentially deadly MRSA infection.

What's more, the government doesn't want to test for this deadly, antibiotic-resistant pathogen, because they're apparently afraid of what they'd find, and of the economic impact it would have on meat producers, distributors and especially the U.S. meat export market were widespread MRSA contamination to be confirmed.

In other words, the risk of you contracting a potentially deadly MRSA infection from handling and eating contaminated meat is not considered to be as important as the money that could be lost by meat producers should it become widely known the meat supply is infected.
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Read the below news article from Mitch Lipka’s Consumer Ally web site to learn more about the potentially deadly new threat to the health and well-being of every American family posed by the infection of our food supply with the MRSA pathogen…


Meat tainted with deadly MRSA bacteria is being sold to consumers; government forms 'work group'

Gergana Koleva

Sep 27th 2010

Meat contaminated by a potentially lethal infection is being sold to consumers -- creating a public health threat that has largely flown under the the radar due to powerful industry interests and lax accountability at the federal agency in charge of ensuring food safety, according to recent studies and a prominent investigative journalist.

"It makes salmonella look like a picnic," is how David Kirby, an investigative journalist who has written about MRSA, a life-threatening pathogen, described it in an interview with Consumer Ally.

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an antibiotic-resistant staph infection that kills about 20,000 Americans -- more than the number of people who die from AIDS -- each year.
MRSA affects livestock and ultimately supermarket meat.

Previously associated mostly with infections acquired in hospitals, nursing homes or by people with compromised immune systems, for the past 15 years MRSA is increasingly being traced to industrial animal feeding operations, so-called factory farms, where much of the nation's protein comes from.

A number of clinical and academic studies bear this out:

A recent Canadian study showed nearly 14% of pork chops (about one in seven) and 6.3% of ground pork sold in supermarkets carried the contamination -- taken together, 9.6% of all pork samples.

Additionally, 5.6% of the beef and 1.2% of the poultry carried the bug. The bacterium was also found in veal, lamb and other meats.

Another report, by Louisiana State University, found 5.5% of pork samples and 3.3% of beef samples taken from local supermarkets were contaminated.

Yet another - this one out of the pork industry's lobby arm, the National Pork Board -- found MRSA in 3% of pork samples.

…So with MRSA approaching such dangerous proportions, why isn't a federal agency looking into the problem?

While some controversy exists about the particular strains of the infection and the likelihood that not all MRSA-contaminated meat is linked to the way the animals were raised, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the meat industry, does not mandate or carry out any rigorous testing for MRSA in meat, nor does it issue recalls.

"I don't think the USDA wants to touch this. They know if they start testing for MRSA, they're going to find infected pork and that will force them to make a decision, one that would hugely impact the meat export industry," said Kirby, who has hit a brick wall when trying to get answers from the agency.

Kirby is the author of Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment, in which he says the meat lobby enjoys unrivalled access to government.

"It would be very cumbersome and the industry doesn't want it. So they just prefer not to deal with it, and in the meantime the FDA doesn't have to deal with it," he says.

The FDA does not have jurisdiction over meat products, but it can and is soon likely to regulate the prophylactic use of antibiotics, such as for growth promotion and disease prevention. Outside the U.S., Holland, Switzerland, and Egypt already test for MRSA in retail pork.

"The Food Safety Inspection Service is aware of and takes seriously the concerns related to MRSA and other emerging food safety threats. [We] have formed a work group to develop a risk profile for MRSA that will be used to guide potential future actions related to this matter," said a spokesman for the FSIS, the public health unit of the USDA, in an e-mail to Consumer Ally.

Scientists and animal advocates agree that the presence of MRSA and other drug-resistant "superbugs" in large-scale feeding facilities spring from the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock.

About 100,000 Americans die each year after struggling with antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, a public interest think tank.

With nearly 70% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. being used in factory farms, the findings add to already urgent questions about how animal-derived food in America is raised and brought to market.

From Mitch Lipka’s Consumer Ally blog.

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Lindsay said...

hi- i stumbled upon your blog while doing a search. i first learned about colloidal silver last fall when my two small kids wound up with ear infections and pink eye. since then, i've tried to keep some on hand (it's expensive, but i feel safe knowing i have it). i'm a bit of a germophobe... in particular, stomach viruses. i can handle anything but that. now, i've read lots of info stating that a good dose of colloidal silver wipes out a stomach virus extremely fast, but i've also read that it's ineffective. you're an expert- can you tell me what the real answer is here? i'd love to be armed with something super-effective against the dreaded pukes... if you have time, my email is lbrotzman@gmail.com.
thanks much! :)

Steve Barwick said...

Lindsay, your email did not work so I've posted my answer to your question here:


In answer to your question about colloidal silver and viruses on the Colloidal Silver Secrets blog:

According to most researchers I've read, colloidal silver appears to work best against bacteria, second best against fungal/yeast pathogens and third best against viruses. Which essentially means it is least effective against viruses.

Nevertheless, recent studies have demonstrated that silver is a powerful antiviral agent. It is apparently all in the delivery method. According to the research I've read, there are a handful of viruses it works well against when taken orally, and significantly more it works well against when taken intravenously (done with doctor supervision only, please!).

Fortunately for you, the stomach viruses tend to be the ones it works well against when taken orally. Upper respiratory viruses are most affected by intravenous use of colloidal silver (again, doctor's supervision only).

There are some colloidal silver users who swear by using it against upper respiratory viruses through a medical nebulizer, which aerosolizes the colloidal silver so you can breathe it into your lungs. Best I can tell there are zero medical studies on this method of usage, but plenty of anecdotal accounts.

As I repeatedly state to readers, colloidal silver is not "God." It won't work on every bacteria, every fungal/yeast pathogen or every virus. But it has been demonstrated to work against so many of them, that it does indeed deserve its reputation as an all-natural broad-spectrum infection-fighting agent.

You can read more about the medical studies demonstrating the proven antiviral qualities of colloidal silver at this web site: