MRSA in UK sausages prompts local alert

CONTAMINATION of UK supermarket meat by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has sparked renewed calls by Australian experts for greater antimicrobial stewardship.

The bacteria, livestock-associated MRSA CC398, was found in two out of 103 packets of sausages and minced pork purchased from supermarkets in five regions, in the first UK study of retail meat.

“It is an issue because it just shows the MRSA that is on pigs, and has been transmitted to farmers and veterinarians and is causing infections, can