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NorgesGruppen sounds concerns over Danish pork

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Norway's biggest grocery retailer and wholesaler NorgesGruppen is considering putting a halt to the import of Danish pork over MRSA concerns.

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NorgesGruppen, which holds a 39.3 per cent market share of Norway’s grocery industry, is considering dropping Danish pork in favour of importing from countries where the use of antibiotics is less widespread, The Local reports.

The wholesaler’s reevaluation of Danish pork follows a Norwegian professor’s warning that the consumption of meat from Danish pigs could lead to an outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant MRSA.

"The antibiotic-resistant bacteria worries us, but we also think it is important to listen to the signals from Mattilsynet, which says it is safe to import pork from Denmark. But despite their message, we will undergo our own evaluation regarding importing pork from Denmark," NorgesGruppen’s nutrition policy director Bard Gultvedt, told Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fodevarestyrelsen) has an official position that MRSA cannot be transmitted to humans through pork consumption.

"MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a contaminant in pig production. MRSA can be present in pork but all epidemiological studies show that meat is not the source of MRSA-infections or infections caused by non-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in humans," F0devarestyrelsen states on its website.

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