Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/18/2014 (3 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Utensils used to cut poultry could be breeding grounds for germs

There's a killer lurking undetected in many ordinary kitchens, experts warn. Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in both hospital kitchens and private homes, a new study warns.

Ironically, the cutting board -- and NOT the knife, represents the greatest threat to health and safety, experts say.

Ironically, the cutting board -- and NOT the knife, represents the greatest threat to health and safety, experts say.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/18/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Cutting boards, gloves, drug resistant, immune


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The more the bacteria is exposed to antibiotics, the higher the chance they will develop resistance to the drugs. In turn the unnecessary exposure can occur to humans who take antibiotic drugs they have no use for. Large numbers of livestock given feed laced with antibiotics to helps them grow faster and larger.

According to the World Health Organization, 75 percent of antibiotics sold are destined for use in animals.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!


Drug-resistant bacteria originating from both humans and animals can then cause infections, which are harder to treat than infections caused by non-resistant bacteria.

The issue that cutting boards were contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria is troubling -- but is not surprising.

"If other foods go on those boards before the boards get cleaned, or even after they're cleaned if the cleaning isn't 100 percent effective, the other foods, which may not get cooked, or not as thoroughly as poultry, likely would get contaminated and so could possibly pose an even higher risk of transmission to humans than the poultry products themselves," Dr. James R. Johnson, an infectious diseases researcher at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System in Minnesota, said in an email.

The study took place in Europe, where growth-promoting antibiotics for animals are banned. However, antibiotics can still be used in livestock "therapeutically." The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has since announced the first move to phase out growth-promoting antibiotics in animals processed for meat in late 2013.

In the study, Dr. Andreas F. Widmer of University Hospital Basel in Switzerland along with his colleagues collected the cutting boards and used gloves from their hospital's kitchen for 16 months. The hospital prepares meals for 650 patients daily, as well as for the hospital's staff.

They also collected cutting boards from kitchens in private homes in Switzerland, France and Germany. The boards were swabbed for bacteria after the boards were used to prepare food and before they were cleaned.

Ten of the 154 cutting boards taken from the hospital kitchen tested positive for a type of drug-resistant E. coli bacteria.

There was probably more bacteria in the hospital because hospital kitchens process much more meat than household kitchens, experts said.

"These E. coli are resistant to some of the last good drugs we have to treat them," Lance B. Price, who was not involved in the European study, says.

"The 'nightmare superbug' is just one step further than these," Price, who studies antibiotic resistance at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., says.

Half of the used gloves from the hospital also tested positive for drug-resistant bacteria, indicating that gloves and cutting boards could be sources of bacteria transmission, the authors write.

They recommend food service workers and home cooks be vigilant about washing their hands not only after handling meat, but also after handling used cutting boards.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Health

A LOT OF TEETH! Doctors remove 232 teeth from mouth of teenager Watch

Image of Medicos have described the teenager's condition as

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

We've all had to suffer for several hours in a dental chair, but chances are that our worst experiences were nothing like that of an Indian teenager who had 232 teeth removed during a seven-hour operation. Now done to 28 teeth, the youth has a better chance for ... continue reading


SURPRISE! Study finds that obese kids in the U.S. see themselves as being skinny! Watch

Image of Curiously, researchers found that some obese children even believed that they were underweight.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Should it come as a surprise - or just another sad comment on the prevalence of obesity in the United States? A new study has found that children who are overweight or obese don't see themselves as being so. Researchers and medical experts says this needs to ... continue reading


NEW FEARS: Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome may be transmitted through air Watch

Image of In their research, scientists from King Fahd Medical Research Center in Saudi Arabia collected three air samples from a camel barn.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are new fears that the rapidly spreading virus, Middle Eastern respiratory The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS, may be an airborne virus - making the disease highly easy to transmit, and get. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - To ... continue reading


Light at end of tunnel? HIV epidemic could be contained by 2030 Watch

Image of While HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, continues to be an ongoing threat - more so in developing nations where education about its transmission is compromised, there now appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, continues to be an ongoing threat - more so in developing nations where education about its transmission is compromised, there now appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. According to the United Nations, new HIV ... continue reading


Dye now being used to detect dementia Watch

Image of Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, tested 152 patients older than 50 years of age to see if they could predict cognitive decline by tracking changes in the brain.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Dementia, like Alzheimer's is a disease that usually effects the elderly. In the manner of Alzheimer's plaque begins to collect in the brain at an advanced age. This drastically effects the patient's memory, cognitive ability and motor skills, with many winding ... continue reading


Breakthrough announced in hereditary condition that causes blindness Watch

Image of The age at which symptoms start is variable and the rate of deterioration often varies. In around half of all cases there are other family members with the condition.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Retinitis pigmentosa, or RP is an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and frequently leads to blindness. Affecting around one in 3,000 to 4,000 people, scientists have moved closer to a breakthrough in "personalized" ... continue reading


Deadly plague than can be spread by coughing, sneezing infects Colorado man Watch

Image of Untreated plague is always fatal. Antibiotics have to be given within 24 hours of the first symptoms to reduce the chance of death.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's the first case of pneumonic plague seen in Colorado since 2004. A man there has been diagnosed with among the rarest and most fatal forms of the plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Sighs of relief after vials of smallpox found Watch

Image of The FBI is investigating how the samples ended up where they did.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There were sighs of relief when someone made a discovery in a disused closet. Many thanked the Lord that it didn't fall into the wrong hands. An employee at the National Institutes of Health found vials of smallpox, the onetime scourge of humanity, in a storage ... continue reading


Birth control computer chip implanted under the skin 'could be on sale by 2018' Watch

Image of An international coalition of governments, companies, philanthropies and nonprofit organizations committed to providing family planning to 120 million more women in the world by 2020.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Long in gestation, the idea of a computer chip implanted under the skin to regulate fertility is now within throwing distance of becoming an actuality. The idea has been with us since the Nineties, and thanks to a nudge from Microsoft's Bill Gates, such as ... continue reading


New blood test could determine onset of Alzheimer's Watch

Image of The new blood test, which examines 10 proteins in the blood, can predict with 87 percent accuracy whether someone suffering memory problems will develop Alzheimer's within a year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The memory-destroying condition known as Alzheimer's, preying chiefly on the elderly, has no known cure. However, after a decade of research, scientists at Oxford University and King's College London have identified 10 proteins that arise when a patient is due ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Corinthians 4:7-15
7 But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
1 [Song of Ascents] When Yahweh brought back Zion's ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:20-28
20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came with her ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 25th, 2014 Image

St. James the Greater
July 25: For James there was no indication that this was the day that his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter