How would you like a big, juicy burger loaded with drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases? When eating conventional turkey and other factory farmed meats, your family is exposed to antibiotics used in the process of maintaining the overcrowded conditions that exist on factory farms. This medication is used to keep the animals disease free in the packed, unhealthy environments they are kept in. In fact, more antibiotics are being used on animals in farming than in medicinal purposes for humans. This raises the risk of animals and people developing virulent bacteria resistant infections, which can be easily spread to children and the elderly.

Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in ground turkey on U.S. grocery shelves across a variety of brands and stores located in 21 states, according to a report by a consumer watchdog organization.

Of the 257 samples of ground turkey tested, more than half were found to be positive for fecal bacteria and overall, 90 percent were contaminated with one or more types of disease-causing organisms, many of which proved resistant to one or more common antibiotics, Consumer Reports found.

Antibiotic drugs have long been used by livestock industries to keep animals healthy, but also to speed up growth, a controversial practice. Some scientists have grown concerned that antibiotic-resistant strains of bad bacteria can be transferred from animals to humans through the food supply.

According to a news published in the Science section of Business Insider:

“Ground turkey bought at retail stores nationwide contains disease-causing bacteria, a new study by Consumer Reports suggests. At least one disease-causing strain of bacteria was found on 90% of ground turkey samples.

They tested 257 samples of ground turkey from 21 states and 27 different brands for the presence of five different bacteria: campylobacter, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus; Enterococcus; and Escherichia coli. These bacteria can cause food poisoning but also urinary, bloodstream, and other potentially serious infections.” (See the Consumer Reports testing results, .)