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Many dangerous strains of bacteria are now resistant to most common antibiotics. Yet we continue to saturate our environment with antibiotics to promote the growth of livestock raised in crowded and unsanitary conditions. We must preserve our antibiotics, while improving life for our animals.

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  • Consumer Reports turkey tests find fewer superbugs in ‘no antibiotics’ meat samples

    The meat industry wants us to believe that routinely feeding antibiotics to animals is nothing to worry about. But a new investigation from Consumer Reports found plenty of reasons to be concerned. The study analyzed 257 samples of both conventional and ‘no antibiotics’ ground turkey from supermarket shelves and found widespread bacterial contamination.  But the  bacteria in Continue Reading

  • (Super)Moms, chefs, docs fight overuse of antibiotics in livestock in D.C.

    Danielle Wadsworth thought nothing of the ground beef she cooked up one night to make tacos for dinner. But several days later, quarantined in the hospital fighting for her life, she was told that she was sickened by Salmonella typhmurium, an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that was later traced to the beef she’d eaten.   Today, Continue Reading

  • More evidence shows animals spread antibiotic-resistant infections to humans

    Evidence of the passing of the potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA from animals to humans just  grew stronger according to a new study out of the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge scientists, using DNA fingerprinting, matched MRSA superbugs in two different people to MRSA in the cows and sheep on the farms where they lived. Continue Reading

  • Congress introduces bill to curb antibiotics in food animals

    Recently the CDC raised the alarm about antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs) and the implications they have on public health in the United States. A report from Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, warned that “our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections.” Citing the connection Continue Reading

  • Call grows for action on antibiotics in food animals

    There’s been a growing call for action in recent weeks to address the threat to public health posed by the routine use of antibiotics in healthy food animals.  It’s no wonder given years of inaction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and mounting evidence that the overuse of antibiotics in meat production is getting worse. Continue Reading

  • Trader Joe’s employees offer misleading claims about their meat

    Ask a Trader Joe’s employee about the meat in your shopping basket, and you may or may not get an answer based on, well, facts. We’ve received reports from over 100 people who talked to Trader Joe’s managers, employees and customer service reps across the country with the request that the company stop selling meat Continue Reading

  • Trader Joe’s, we’re not feeling the love

    Trader Joe’s:  we’ve got a message for you this Valentine’s Day.  Your customers tell us they love you for a lot of reasons.  Your salsa.  Your trek mix.  Your kid-sized shopping carts.  One cat even says he loves your reusable shopping bags. But love and hate make up any relationship – and they hate that Continue Reading

  • On Chinese hog farms, antibiotic resistance is ‘diverse and abundant’

    Antibiotics in China’s livestock:  widely used and largely unmonitored.    A new study out today in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of  Sciences tested manure, compost and soil at three large-scale commercial hog farms in China (10,000+ pigs), finding not only antibiotic residues but widespread antibiotic-resistant bacteria.    In fact, bacteria tested showed resistance to every Continue Reading

  • Antibiotics use in meat production continues to go up, up up

    New data out this week from the FDA points to an ever-increasing amount of antibiotics sold in the US for livestock, now up to 29.9 million pounds annually.   Antibiotics for humans, however, continued to stay constant at about 7.7 million pounds. A great infographic by Pew Charitable Trusts includes this chart of livestock vs. human Continue Reading

  • Pork under fire? We agree.

    Consumers Union has the pork industry “on the spit” according to meat industry mag Meatingplace, which cites Consumer Reports’ recent expose on pork products that harbored bacteria, many of which proved resistant to one or more types of antibiotics. The article, titled “Pork Under Fire,” says that between Consumers Union pointing to the problems with Continue Reading

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