Doctor's Note

This is especially critical, given the level of MRSA found in retail meat these days. See MRSA in U.S. Retail Meat, and Toxic Megacolon Superbug. Also see Food Poisoning Bacteria Cross-Contamination for cross-contamination risks once meat makes it to the kitchen, as well as my other videos on foodborne illness in general.

Also be sure to check out my associated blog post, Poultry and Penis Cancer.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    This is especially critical given the level of MRSA found in retail meat these days. See MRSA in U.S. Retail Meat and Toxic Megacolon Superbug. Also see yesterday’s video for cross-contamination risks once meat makes it to the kitchen, 21 videos on foodborne illness in general, and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.

  • veggiechick

    Do those sanitizing wipes at the grocery store help kill that? I’m on a plant based diet and I’m always concerned with who had the cart before me plus I have OCD. I don’t have kids, but just taking precautions!

  • jtube

    What about the checkout counter?
    I m always afraid of getting the produce bags and other items I buy contaminated and then bringing them into my house. I prefer buying at farmers markets or a store that doesn t sell “fresh” meat.

  • vegan2u

    Boy, I guess I have to start wiping down the handlebar with those towelettes you see next to the carts. Since I regularly buy a full shopping bag of fresh greens, I take the precaution of filling a 5 gal plastic tub half way with warm water and adding a 1/2 cup of Vinegar and quickly submerge them one at a time and shake them off to remove most of the water before I put them in my refrigerator. I use Hydrogen Peroxide and dish soap to keep my counters clean (It makes the glass on the stove top really shine) Peace

  • Sharon

    I’m confused… the last comment made me think this was just an issue if you are actually buying these products and placing them in the cart with your children.  Is it still a concern if you are not?

    This is actually something I’ve really been thinking a lot about lately, I’d really like to see butcher shops separate completely from other groceries… is there anyway to start a movement to get this happening?  With the concerns over reusable bags and other cross contamination concerns such as this it only makes sense to keep all the animal products separate.  

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also, please check out my associated blog post:!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please also check out my associated blog post, Poultry and Penis Cancer!