Norwegian food safety authorities have confirmed the presence of the dangerous bacteria staphylococcus on a large pig farm in Nord-Trøndelag. All 3,000 animals on the farm, which was not identified, must be slaughtered.
The bacteria is resistant to antibiotics and can be passed on to humans, according to officials at the food safety authority Mattilsynet. “We have unfortunately confirmed MRSA (the bacteria) among the livestock on the farm in Nord-Trøndelag,” Bjorn Røthe Knudtsen of Mattilsynet told news bureau NTB.
The authorities were running tests on livestock at 16 other farms that had contact with the infected swine. Twelve of the farms are in Nord-Trøndelag, two are in Troms, one in Sør-Trondeland and one in Nordland.