Ready-To-Eat Shrimp a Threat to Immune-Compromised
[05/23/2002; Reuters Health]
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters Health) - Ready-to-eat shrimp from your
grocer's shelves can contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a
Mississippi researcher reported here Wednesday.
And while this shrimp doesn't pose a danger to healthy people,
the findings underscore the fact that people with weak immune
systems should stay away from such prepared food, Gianna Duran
of Mississippi State University told Reuters Health.
She presented her findings here at the American Society for Microbiology's
We received an email from Durwood M. Dugger, Pres., BCI, Inc. on this article, as follows:
"You are correct in pointing out that some shrimp - especially those
from China and Asia in general may have been treated with anti-biotics
during their farm growout.
However, this is a declining practice even
in Asia. Any bacteria that survived these shrimp's treatment will be to
some degree "resistant" to specifically those same families of
antibiotics used in their treatment - but not antibiotics in general as
you failed to clarify.
What I have a problem with is that your article should have also said -
the exact same situation can be found in all of your commercially farmed
meat products unless the producer states otherwise in their labeling -
that no anti-biotics were used.
In fact, to carry this a bit futher -
you can also get anti-biotic resistant bacteria from kissing, drinking
after, touching, or in some cases inhaling exhaled vapors/droplets of
someone who has recently taken an anti-biotic.
Like most unqualified science reporters these days - you fail to
understand and state the context of the information you are reporting -
but rather rely on its seemingly sensational/threatening nature to
attract your reader.
While the issue you attempt to raise to your
reader may be valid - its actual risk in the context of everyday risk we
already assume, is bascially insignificant.
I sugggest you try harder
to understand what you seek to report. I am a scientist and shrimp
production expert with some 30+ years experience.
Durwood M. Dugger
Pres., BCI, Inc.
Ann's NOTE: We did explain to Mr. Dugger that this article came from Reuters Health, that we did not write it.
But in fairness, and since we believe more information is better in decision-making, we have posted his statment.
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