Danish Food Minister Mette Gjerskov puts Food & Drug Administration to examine the prevalence of swine bacterium MRSA CC398 in Danish pigs. This is because new figures show an increasing prevalence of the bacterium in the Danish slaughterhouses.
New figures from the Food & Drug Administration shows that 88 per cent of slaughter pigs in Danish slaughterhouses are infected with MRSA CC398. It is a doubling in a year (44% in 2011), and an additional study of pig herds should show whether there has been an increase in the Danish pig farms.
"There are indications that many pigs are infected in the slaughterhouse or on the way to the slaughterhouse, but we have to be confident in our case, so I put it here investigation of the Danish stables in time," says Mette Gjerskov.
Food Minister, together with the Minister of Health set up a task force to come up with concrete suggestions on how we can stop the spread of MRSA from pigs.
The latest figures for the incidence of MRSA CC398 in Danish pig herds from 2010 and 2011 showed that there is found MRSA CC398 in 16 per cent of the Danish pig herds.
Wednesday February 23, 2013/ Ministeriet for Fødevarer, Landbrug og Fiskeri/ Denmark.