MRSA in Milk Products
The prevalence of MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus has increased although media publicity surrounding this important issue has diminished.
A recent control study demonstrated that potentially hazardous MRSA bacteria were found to be present in nasal swabs taken from food handlers working in a facility handling cows milk and goats milk. MRSA isolates were simultaneously detected in the two varieties of Ovine and Caprine milk products sampled during the study as well as the food handlers.
When analysed it was found the MRSA isolates in both the milk products and the food handlers nasal swabs were identical and resistant to multiple antibiotics.
(Ref. FSA July 2016)
This study illustrates the importance of ensuring effective cross contamination procedures are adhered to help prevent the spread of this potentially harmful bacterium.