The Dutch in the lead again with Britain absent from pig MRSA research.
Britain does not have MRSA in its pigs or pork, because Britain's government veterinarians did not want to find it and did not look properly. They only looked when the EU forced their hand, took a few dust samples and said "nothing found."
Britain's pigs were declared free of MRSA.
Pretty well every other civilised country has found a growing human health risk from MRSA in pigs, but not Britain.
Sooner or later they are going to have to own up. Then the questions over their extraordinary misbehaviour, going back the triple epidemics of circovirus, CSF and FMD will flood in.
They don’t have any sensible answers.
Abstract of BMJ paper here
· Exposure assessment
· Original article
Livestock-associated MRSA ST398 carriage in pig slaughterhouse workers related to quantitative environmental exposure1. Division of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands 2. Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands 3. VION Food Group, Eindhoven, The Netherlands 4. Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands 5. Central Veterinary Institute, Wageningen UR, Lelystad, The Netherlands 6. Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
1. Dr Marian E H Bos, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, PO BOX 80178, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands;
· 8 March 2012
· 27 April 2012