Harmful Substances Found Within Pork Samples
May 12, 2013
Introduction to Biology
In today’s society, the foods we consume could have a detrimental impact on our lives. Everything we consume, whether it be vegetables, liquids, or meats, our body has to process those items in order to receive proper nutrients. We have to keep in mind the things we eat and drink because not only are they beneficial to our state of health, but they also have to go through our bodies’ liver and digestive system to be processed or broken down, for the most part. When we, as individuals, come into contact with harmful substances, chemicals, and bacteria, the results could be damaging, if not fatal. We should take precautionary measures and thoroughly examine red meat before purchasing and consuming it. So, what is wrong with the meat being sold in the marketplace today? Well, let’s take pork for instance.
Pork has become a very harmful form of red meat. The articles I read informed me of recent testes that were conducted on samples of pork. These specific articles grabbed my attention because being a native of South Georgia, I have grown up eating pork for the majority of my life. About a year ago, I pretty much stopped eating pork, but most of my immediate family still does, so the information provided within the articles affects me both directly and indirectly. In recent studies of various samples of pork, such as ground pork and pork chops, there have been numerous discoveries of harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and low levels of growth hormones found within the pork samples. Of the tested 148 samples of pork, 3 to 7 percent of those samples contained dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, and listeria monocytogenes, all of which are known for the cause of food-borne illnesses (FoxNews.com, 2012). Among the 148 samples of pork, almost 69 percent tested positive for yersinia enterocolitica, which is known for inducing symptoms such as fever,...