April 2015 Issue

Ridding Meat of Antibiotics

A first step in fighting antibiotic resistance is to purchase antibiotic-free meat.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health issue. It can limit your treatment options when you’re sick, raise your healthcare costs, and increase the number, severity, and duration of some infections. Today there is evidence and consensus among scientific and medical groups that the use of antibiotics in food animal production contributes to antibiotic resistance in humans. A CDC report published in 2013 estimated that in the US, more than two million people are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result.

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