Q. Why should the FDA ban the unnecessary use of anti­biotics on farms?

A. Most antibiotics are used to speed animals’ growth and overcome problems caused by overcrowding and filthy conditions, not to treat sick animals. The problem is not that antibiotics remain in the chicken, it’s that their use might lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can cause hard-to-treat infections in people. You can help by choosing organically raised meat and poultry.


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