Antibiotic-Free Food Labels to Look For
What to Do if You’re Worried About Antibiotics in Your Food and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
If you’re worried, safely handling raw meats and fully cooking your foods will decrease the chance of bacterial contamination. But that doesn’t prevent superbugs from appearing elsewhere.
If you want your food raised without antibiotics, you’ll need to read the labels. When it comes to eggs, relatively few antibiotics are permitted in egg-laying chickens and any hen that’s been treated must be withdrawn for a specific period before her eggs can be used. However, a 2000 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that antibiotics can linger in a chicken's eggs. Studies published as recently as 2011 have also found residues of antibiotics in eggs, despite pledges made by the poultry industry to cut down on antibiotics.
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