Methicillin resistant S. aureus can be isolated from a variety of farm animal species. In most cases, isolates belong to the multi locus sequence type (MLST) ST398. Colonization of animals is mostly not associated with clinical pathology. However, MRSA ST398 has also been isolated from clinical specimen. In the Netherlands, MRSA ST398 have been isolated from meat samples at retail. Meat from a variety of species was involved. The number of bacteria in the meat sample was apparently small. Up to now there is no evidence for transmission of MRSA ST398 from meat to humans.