Consumer Reports Bashes Pork

Consumer Reports, considered by many to be the Bible of consumerism, large and small, released a report on a study that suggest the pork we eat may be chock full of bacteria that can make us sick, very sick, or even kill us. Often labeled ‘superbugs’ due to their resistance to modern antibiotics, was the bacteria found in pork products in the Consumer Reports study. Needless to say, National Pork Producers Council as well a the National Pork Board had a few things to say about this study. Dr. Scott Hurd directs the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Lab at Iowa State University and says the Consumer Reports study is not based in science…

“I expected that the Consumer Report was fact based, but they viewed a study that is not nearly large enough to be nationally represented. They have used it to frighten people rather than inform them.”

Less than 200 samples were tested. Hurd says the sample size is too small to represent the pork industry.

Consumer Reports makes unfounded claims about bacteria and FDA-approved supplements. Hurd – who previously served as USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety – emphasizes pork is safe…

“Pork is still the safer white meat. There is nothing in the data that is surprising.”

North Carolina is the second largest producer of pork products in the country behind Iowa, and in 2010, the last year for which statistics are available, pork was almost 15% of the state’s $72 billion in ag economy.

South Carolina’s Latest Crop Progress Report

In South Carolina’s latest crop progress report no significant amount of rain was reported anywhere in the state during the week ended November 25th. There was a lot of field activity with harvesting and small grain plantings. Soil moisture had declined from the previous week and was rated 16% very short, 40% short, and 44% adequate. There was an average of 6 and a half days suitable for field work across the state. Cotton harvest had slowed due to precipitation from the previous week, but was moving at a fast pace after Thanksgiving, with some reports of cotton falling out of the bolls resulting in yield loss. As of Sunday, 80% of the crop had been harvested compared to 87% this time last year and 89% on the five-year average. The soybean crop has dropped leaves with 99% of the crop having matured.

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Study Shows Antibiotic Resistance May Start in Soil

A study from researchers at Washington State University suggests resistance to cephalosporins – a class of antibiotics used to treat a variety of human infections – may develop in the soil. According to Doug Call – an author of the study – bacteria in the soil are basically eating the drug for breakfast. The study shows once exposed to cephalosporin – the stronger, drug resistant bacteria that survive easily colonize in animals. The findings suggest that preventing soil containing cephalosporin residues from coming into contact with animals before the bacteria develops resistance could prevent the spread of cephalosporin-resistant plasmas. This would mean the effectiveness of this class of drugs in human medicine could be preserved. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.