Consumer Reports Finds 60% of Raw Shrimp Tested Positive for Bacteria

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – There are now more reasons to consider skipping your next shrimp cocktail. In a startling new Consumer Reports study, bacteria was detected in more than half the raw shrimp that was tested, with some also tainted with illegal antibiotic residues. For the study, How Safe is Your Shrimp?, scientists analyzed 342 packages of frozen shrimp — 284 raw and 58 cooked samples — purchased at Albertsons, Costco, Fry’s Marketplace, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market and Walmart in 27 cities across the U.S. The study found that 60 percent of raw shrimp tested positive for bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli and listeria. In seven raw shrimp samples, scientists detected the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, that could potentially lead to a dangerous infection. America’s demand for our favorite crustacean is causing a sea of trouble here and abroad. Photo credit: Shutterstock The country currently consumes about three...

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To Keep Our Food Safe, We May Need To Send People To Jail

by TARA CULP-RESSLER – Two former egg industry executives are facing potential jail time over their roles in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people — in a case that government officials hope will send a strong signal to companies about how seriously they should be taking food safety. Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, pleaded guilty in June to bribing to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to allow their eggs to be sold even though the products had been flagged as failing the USDA’s minimum quality grade standards. The DeCosters have also admitted that their Quality Egg company “knowingly shipped eggs” that had falsified expiration dates to make them appear to be fresher than they actually were. That contributed to a salmonella outbreak that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates may have affected up to 56,000 Americans, leading to an unprecedented...

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