A brand new research – a brand new suspicious and VERY complicated research – claims that uncooked pet meals is a danger to hold antibiotic resistant E. coli. They go as far as stating that uncooked pet meals are an antibiotic resistant micro organism “menace”. However…
The research included 223 canine from one geographic space in the UK. Every household supplied researchers a stool pattern from their canine which was examined for E.coli contamination. Their outcomes seem to state that 108 of the entire 223 canine stool examined optimistic for an antibiotic resistant micro organism; 32 canine that consumed uncooked pet meals and 76 canine that ate undisclosed types of pet meals.
Though this research related the danger of antibiotic resistant E. coli ONLY with uncooked pet meals, it doesn’t disclose what different types of pet meals had been consumed by the canine within the research. Of the 108 canine whose stool examined optimistic, solely 32 of these canine consumed uncooked pet meals. The research doesn’t disclose what model of meals the opposite 76 canine that examined optimistic ate. Why?
What if all the 76 antibiotic resistant E. coli optimistic canine that meals sort was undisclosed consumed kibble? (As a result of kibble is the most well-liked model of pet meals, that is VERY doable.) If it was, then the end result of the research can be utterly completely different. IF these 76 canine consumed kibble, the research would have proven that kibble can be the best danger with 70% of all antibiotic resistant E. coli positives.
The research requested contributors some fascinating questions relating to potential exposures to antibiotic resistant E. coli. Similar to: did the canine stroll on farmland or swim/play in lake, river, pond, or salt water? And the research supplied detrimental and optimistic check outcomes with every of those exposures. With the query did the canine stroll on farmland, 142 of 223 contributors responded sure. Of these 142 farm-walker canine, 69 of their stools examined optimistic for an antibiotic resistant E. coli.
Sadly, the research doesn’t make clear what different danger components the uncooked fed canine (and the undisclosed model fed canine) had been uncovered to. Similar to, if the 32 of the entire 223 canine that examined optimistic for an antibiotic resistant E. coli ate uncooked pet meals…did additionally they stroll on farmland or swim in a pond (different danger components of the research)? How most of the uncooked fed canine stated sure to different dangers? How most of the undisclosed types of pet meals stated sure to different dangers? The research neglects to reveal this info.
They did appear handy decide six outcomes (six of 108 positives) that confirmed just one instance of one other danger publicity for a uncooked fed canine (see Desk 2). Nevertheless, they didn’t embody info for every other model of pet meals.
The research used entire genome sequencing to find out the particular species of E.coli present in every stool pattern. On this part they supplied knowledge for 36 canine, 18 uncooked fed and 18 unknown model of pet meals. Considerably, the very same strains of antibiotic resistant E. coli was present in BOTH uncooked fed canine and the canine fed an undisclosed types of pet meals.
As instance, Desk 3 of the research states “Canine 9” stool – a uncooked fed canine – contained “ST162 E. coli”. However…”Canine 14” – a canine that did NOT devour uncooked pet meals – stool additionally contained “ST162 E. coli”.
This similar related E. coli strains between each uncooked pet meals fed canine and undisclosed model of pet meals fed canine continues by means of all 36 outcomes supplied in Desk 3. So…if an identical strains of an antibiotic resistant micro organism was present in BOTH uncooked pet meals fed canine and maybe kibble fed canine – how on this planet can this research come to the conclusion that uncooked pet meals is the sure “menace”?
It doesn’t seem that this research examined any pet meals that the antibiotic resistant E. coli canine consumed to definitively hyperlink the micro organism to the pet meals. If the scientists actually believed that uncooked pet meals is a danger, wouldn’t it have been acceptable to verify their perception through pet meals testing? It may have been so easy. When pet house owners supplied researchers a stool pattern from their pet, they may have additionally supplied a small pet meals pattern on the similar time.
Or…would testing of pet meals samples have disproved their supposed objective? (To scare pet house owners away from uncooked pet meals.)
The identify of this research is: “Proof that faecal carriage of resistant Escherichia coli by 16-week-old canine within the United Kingdome is related to uncooked feeding”. Personally, I didn’t learn any “proof” within the research to show that uncooked pet meals is the affiliation.
Disclaimer: I’m not a scientist. I’ve learn a whole lot of research and this one stands as probably the most complicated I’ve ever learn. (I ponder if confusion was their intention.) As a result of I’m not a scientist and since this research was so complicated, it’s doable that I’m misinterpreting the outcomes. If I be taught of something I’ve reported right here is wrong – this submit can be edited.
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