Thursday, February 14, 2013

Meat On Drugs - 80% of Antibiotics Used on Animals

The declining effectiveness of antibiotics has become a major national public health crisis. according to the national Centers for Disease Control and prevention, 99,000 people died of hospital-acquired infections in 2002, the most recent year for which data are available.

According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the vast majority of those infections were caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such “superbugs”—bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics—are also showing up in food and causing illness and even death.

The major user of antibiotics in the United States today is not the medical profession, however, but the meat and poultry business. Some 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used not on people but on animals, to make them grow faster or to prevent disease in crowded and unsanitary conditions.  Read the Consumer Reports Special Bulletin.

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