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Written by PETA | June 6, 2011

Unless you fancy a MRSA mustache, you might want to put down the milk jug. A research team at Cambridge University has discovered a new Staphylococcus aureus strain in cow’s milk that is highly resistant to antibiotics.

How did MRSA wind up in cow’s milk? Cows used for dairy often suffer from mastitis, a painful bacterial udder infection caused by unsanitary living conditions and by manipulating cows to produce unnaturally high quantities of milk. Farmers combat mastitis with antibiotics, and Cambridge scientist Dr. Mark Holmes said it is a “credible hypothesis” that overuse of antibiotics in cows has led to the emergence of the new MRSA strain.

The birth of a new superbug on a dairy farm really shouldn’t come as any surprise, since the widespread use of antibiotics as “growth promoters” on factory chicken, turkey, and pig farms has long been blamed for the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Fortunately, rice, soy, oat, and nut milks provide calcium, vitamins, and a smooth, silky texture, and they won’t leave your cookies swimming in a MRSA bath.
Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Wild Bill says:

    These human devils that allow this to happen should be locked up for a very long time and then forbidden to be around any of GOD’S beautiful creatures.

  • MA Moore says:

    The Dairy Industry is Americas darkest secret. Consumers have got to be made aware of the horrors running rampant in the dairy industry. Then and only then will consumers be informed. These deadly viral mutations are a result of shameful and disgraceful practices by the dairy industry. Those who support this industry will be punished by the “plague” aka MRSA etc…….Go Vegan today =)

  • Jordan says:

    How can anyone say “these animals are here so we can have milk to drink and have food made with milk to keep us healthy.” What an oppressive and exploitive attitude to have. Last time I checked cows milk is for baby cows, not humans. We enslave cows and force them to give us their milk and take their children from them to stick into the system of production. There is nothing natural about this process and it in no way represents what any animal is here for.

  • Linda says:

    This is just horrific! These animals are here for us so we can have milk to drink and have food made with milk to keep us healthy! And look how they are treated. How would they feel if one of their family drinks the milk from one of these cows and gets sick, maybe dies because of the way these animals are NOT cared for!

  • kathy says:

    Gross! I’ve always taken a calcium supplement so I don’t have to worry about it, but leafy greens (especially collards), sesame seeds (especially if you sprout them) are also excellent sources of calcium.