by Maryn McKenna,


There was breaking news last month, reported in the Emerging Infectious Diseases (a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), as Canadian researchers identified a highly resistant variety of the common bacterium, Pseudomonas, in squid shipments from South Korea. The seafood was found being sold in a seafood store.

The identification of this strain of antibiotic resistant bacterium in food products has alarmed the authors of the CWC journal article, as they raise questions surrounding the “scope of antimicrobial drug resistance surveillance programs” for agricultural products. With a culturally diverse food supply being accessible the world over, many less common agricultural food products -such as squid- are subject to less strenuous testing for certain resistant bacterium in some cases.

While there is some debate over the threat of the strain identified in the shipment, there are potentially serious implications of its proliferation into the food supply. For more, visit the link below.

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