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235 Sickened by Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Papayas

In another tale of commercial food making people ill, CNN Health reports that 235 people in 26 states have been stricken with salmonella linked to papayas from Mexico. Two people have died; 78 were hospitalized. Remaining papayas have been recalled, and the CDC is advising consumers not to eat or serve them.

Salmonella is an intestinal disorder that can cause fever, diarrhea, cramps and dehydration if you’re not able to drink or retain fluids. With the threat of antimicrobial resistance increasing around the globe, an outbreak like this is particularly disconcerting, as multidrug-resistant salmonella is part of the problem.

Data gathered by the CDC show chicken, pork and seeded vegetables have the highest rate of salmonella contamination. And, salmonella tops the ranking for the 15 most expensive foodborne illnesses, with $3.7 billion spent annually on medical costs for individuals poisoned with salmonella.

What’s worse, data submitted by 28 European Union states reveal that antimicrobial resistance remains high in bacteria from humans, animals and food, with multidrug-resistant salmonella noted as a particularly serious threat. Since the agricultural use of antibiotics is a major cause of this drug resistance, this underscores just how much of an emergency it is to get antibiotics out of animal farms, mostly confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which use these drugs as prophylactics as well as to encourage faster growth in their animals.

There’s no denying it anymore. Factory farming and CAFOs have created a world-wide distribution of disease. There is hope, though, if commercial businesses would only listen. Regenerative agricultural strategies that eliminate CAFOs and allow animals to roam and graze reduce damage to the land, improve production of produce and meat and develop healthy economics in local communities.
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