Details about a study showing more than half of U.S. meat contains what is referred to as antibiotic-resistant bacteria may shock some readers.
After learning about the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in meat, consumers may now be questioning what else can be found in their food.
The following details are from a report that offers somethings to consider about the antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in meat:
The federal study’s results are perhaps unsurprising given the wealth of recent discoveries surrounding antibiotic use in livestock. A Pew Charitable Trusts report in February found the meat industry consumes 80 percent of antibiotics used in the U.S. — more than four times the amount of antibiotics taken by sick Americans. Antibiotics are used by the meat industry to promote faster growth and keep their animals, who are often crammed into factory farm facilities by the thousands, free of disease.
Those purchasing meat should be aware that although it has been discovered that over half of the U.S. meat has antibiotic resistant bacteria, there isn’t much being done at this time to correct the situation.
How did it get to the point where over half of the meat in the U.S. contains antibiotic resistant bacteria? According to some experts, if antibiotics were not added to animal feed, this would not have happened.
Some feel they would prefer to buy organic meat if they choose to eat meat at all. These are often available at local grocery stores and health food stores.
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