Antibiotic-Free Food Labels to Look For
The Increase of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Food
Superbugs are increasingly appearing in food—MRSA in pork, resistant salmonella in turkey—and have caused widespread [outbreaks of food poisoning in the U.S. Because meat and poultry producers are not required to report how they use the drugs—which ones, how much, what animals—documenting a clear connection between routine antibiotic use in livestock and the rise of antibiotic resistance is tricky. Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies have testified before Congress that there is a definitive link between the two. This position is supported by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization and other leading public health and medical groups.
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