Poster Title (Current Submission)

Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Retail Pork

Major(s)

Biology

Mentor Name

Tara Smith

Mentor Department

Epidemiology, Public Health

Presentation Date

3-22-2011

Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an organism carried by approximately 1.5% of the human population. MRSA can also colonize animal species, and previous studies have also shown that MRSA may contaminate meat products. To examine MRSA prevalence in retail meats, we tested 395 raw pork samples from three states: Iowa, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Two hundred fifty six (64.8%) were found to be contaminated with S. aureus. Twenty-seven (6.8%) pork products were positive for MRSA . These findings suggest that MRSA on meat may be one way for consumers to acquire this organism.

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Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Retail Pork

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an organism carried by approximately 1.5% of the human population. MRSA can also colonize animal species, and previous studies have also shown that MRSA may contaminate meat products. To examine MRSA prevalence in retail meats, we tested 395 raw pork samples from three states: Iowa, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Two hundred fifty six (64.8%) were found to be contaminated with S. aureus. Twenty-seven (6.8%) pork products were positive for MRSA . These findings suggest that MRSA on meat may be one way for consumers to acquire this organism.