Scientists have found a previously undetected drug-resistant bacterium in the North American food supply.
Routine testing of raw squid that was for sale in Saskatoon, Canada revealed a carbapenem-resistant strain of bacteria. Carbapenem is a “last resort” antibiotic, given to patients for whom more common antibiotics have failed. As resistance to our last line of defense grows, public health officials caution that we may get closer to being unable to treat some infections.
The location – a grocery store – is troubling to researchers, as it potentially expands the exposure risk from a relatively small slice of the public to a much larger sector.