Thursday, 11 September 2014

Denmark - Pig MRSA - "Better to live in blissful ignorance."

If the Danes had wanted to implement the 'British solution' of failing to test properly and making quite sure that nothing was found in their pigs, they left it too late.

The gene is out of the bottle now, and in a very big way too.

You can sense the sarcasm even through the mechanical translation from the Danish.

The Danes, despite their serious problems, leave Britain's useless devious government veterinarians in the unenviable position of being exposed as dangerous scamsters on the world stage.

Dangerous not just to Britain either.

Mind you, Britain's veterinarians will probably regret that less than bringing pig MRSA home to their own family.

The full 'Engineer' article is here.

Farmers on MRSA screening of breeding pigs: 

Better to live in blissful ignorance

There is no way to eliminate MRSA infection from the 26 Danish farms with breeding pigs. Therefore they should not be screened for MRSA, because if they are hit by the resistant bacteria, fleeing customers, says Agriculture and Food.

By Maria Behrendt September 10, 2014 at. 10:37

It would be too expensive to test the Danish breeding pigs for MRSA. This may mean that customers stop buying from infected herds and has agriculture can not afford.

So says the farmers' organization, Food & Agriculture therefore believe that the authorities should be completely stay away from screening breeding herds...

... But the Danish pig herds, the authorities should refrain from screening, even though screening is part of the new risk assessment considers the organization.

In a newsletter to its members justify Agriculture and Food Chairman, Martin Douwe Egberts, its position that there is no technical justification for screening for MRSA. But it's also about economics.

"We run the risk that our customers stop buying genes from the herds tested positive. It will cost a lot of money, "says the director of the Pig Research Claus Fertin.

He does not believe that it is possible to remove the MRSA bacteria from breeding herds, and therefore we should definitely keep us from examining it.

So it is better to live in blissful ignorance?

"Yes. I know it may sound cynical and hard to understand, but we still have not the knowledge to eradicate the bacterium. We can only slow it down, "says Claus Fertin.

Agriculture and Food has an expectation that MRSA infection is quite prevalent in the Danish breeding herds...