Bacteria in meat: rotten meat or not?

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Bacteria found in meat: Has rotten meat come on the market?

(07/09/2010) Has rotten meat entered the German trade? The consumer ministry disagrees with a representation of a science magazine of the Südwestfunk (SWR). It is not yet clear whether the meat contaminated with bacteria has already reached the consumer.

Contradictory messages are currently being published regarding the bacteria found in individual types of meat. The majority report a renewed "rotten meat scandal". The SWR science magazine "Odysso" already reported on Thursday evening about a new meat scandal. As such, this source stands for serious reporting. But the Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs vigorously contradicts such statements. Only cold-resistant germs were found in 88 of 92 examined beef samples. The bacteria belonged to the genus "Clostridium estertheticum" and are not harmful to the health of the consumer. However, SWR magazine creates a completely different connection. A spokesman for the Federal Institute for Nutrition and Food said in the course of the program: "We have very clear indications that this meat will be put on the market again, that it will be repackaged and labeled". These statements certainly sounded like a "rotten meat scandal", because the rotten meat is deliberately put back on the shelves by the retailers in the supermarket.

But the Ministry of Consumerism apparently does not want to hear any of this information from the Federal Institute for Food and Food. The food control authorities of the countries "did not provide any information that would suggest that the bacterium was found commercially," a spokesman for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs told "Focus Online". There were also no complaints from consumers that could have been criticized. Why the consumer ministry so vehemently contradicts the statements of the scientists of the Federal Institute for Nutrition remains unclear. It was only reported that the samples of the 92 pieces of beef were not representative.

Apparently no one can give a clarifying answer to the current question of where the finds in the food trade took place. However, the Max Rubner Institute's online offer (MRI) can read in a press release: "The cases of spoilage in vacuum-packed beef by cold-loving representatives of the bacterial genus Clostridium (psychrophilic clostridia) also appear to be increasing in Germany. This is becoming visible through bloated Vacuum packaging for meat, so-called "blown packs". And "In addition to suspicious samples, pieces of beef purchased from retailers in vacuum packaging were examined for their occurrence. The result was: Of the 92 processed beef samples, the researchers found what they were looking for in 88 cases, but not in twelve. "This means that clearly contaminated pieces of meat were found that were already on the market.

The Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs warns of eating contaminated meat, but there is no danger to the health of consumers. It was also not a scandal because the meat had not reached the supermarket and was also not willfully relabeled. Well, the question remains unanswered whether or not the meat has reached the market. We continue to report. (sb)

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