In a recently released study, Consumer Reports tested 342 samples of frozen shrimp purchased from popular American retail outlets and found that 60% of the raw shrimp was contaminated with bacteria. In addition, 11 of the 205 raw, imported samples contained illegal antibiotics. According to the article, How safe is your shrimp?, that’s not nearly as bad as their study of raw chicken in 2013, in which 97% of samples were contaminated, but it does bring to light some real dangers. For instance, MRSA was found in seven of the raw shrimp samples.
Most of the bacteria found can be killed during the cooking process. However, 16% of the cooked, ready-to-eat shrimp contained types of bacteria that cause food poisoning,...Read more