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How to Prevent the Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Your Kitchen

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  • Two million American adults and children become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. At least 23,000 of them die as a direct result of those infections
  • According to the CDC, as many as 22 percent of antibiotic-resistant illness in humans is linked to food, and research has shown that nearly half of all meats sold in the US harbor drug-resistant bacteria
  • These drug-resistant bacteria can easily spread during food preparation, via cutting boards, kitchen counters, and plastic gloves used during food preparation
  • To avoid cross-contamination with other foods and spread of potentially harmful bacteria, use a designated cutting board for raw meat and poultry, and never use this board for other food preparation
  • Triclosan, a potent antibacterial agent found in many soaps and detergents, is also spurring the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and is therefore best avoided

By Dr. Mercola

According to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in October 2013, two million American adults and children become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. At least 23,000 of them die as a direct result of those infections, and even more die from complications.  


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