Food safety | An Agriculture Canada study found enterococcus bacteria in 94 percent of poultry samples collected from Alberta grocery stores
The survey results will contribute to other data collected by the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance, which monitors resistance levels as one way to gauge human exposure.
A previous study that examined antimicrobial resistance among feedlot cattle in southern Alberta found that more than 90 percent of antibiotics given to cattle are Category 3 drugs, including tetracyclines, and aren’t used to treat more serious illnesses in humans.
In that study, resistance to Category 3 drugs was most common, while resistance to category 1 and 2 drugs was low.
Among E. coli samples, less than 30 percent were resistant to multiple antibiotics, although the study supports continued long-term funding for surveillance.
“If we do not properly cook our meat, then these bacteria can get into humans,” said Aslam.
“Generally when we cook our meat properly, they’re no longer there. They’re done. That way, no concern at all.”