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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in imported shrimp

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A new investigation by CBC News Marketplace found potentially harmful antibiotic-resistant bacteria in imported shrimp sold in various supermarkets in Canada
  • Investigative reporters purchased 51 packages of shrimp imported from Vietnam, Thailand, China, India and Ecuador
  • Investigators found 17 percent or 2 out of every 10 packages were contaminated with antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs; of that 17 percent, 89 percent showed resistance to multiple antibiotics
  • Superbugs, one of the greatest threats to human health, may kill more people than cancer by 2050
  • The overuse of antibiotics in factory farm animals and the heavy spraying of pesticides on food crops is the No. 1 driver of deadly superbugs

Shrimp is a tasty dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It pairs well with a variety of foods including eggs, pasta, sushi and steak. But is shrimp safe to eat? Well, that depends on where it comes from and how it is raised.

A new investigation by CBC News Marketplace found potentially harmful antibiotic resistant bacteria on imported shrimp sold in various supermarkets in Canada. While the use of antibiotics on shrimp is banned in Canada, the majority of shrimp is imported, largely from Asia.


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