Ask Food Companies: What’s in the beef?
Decades of research has clearly shown that the overuse of antibiotics in food-animals directly contributes to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A recent study demonstrated how antibiotic-resistant bacteria jumped from food-animals to human. The lead author stated, “It’s like watching the birth of a superbug.”
That’s why I sent a letter to over 60 food companies, including McDonalds, Cargill, Kroger and Walmart, asking them about the antibiotics they use to produce the meat and poultry they serve to customers like you.
Today I’m asking you to co-sign my letter and join me in asking them: What’s in the beef?
In the past year alone, there have been more outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella associated with meat and poultry than any previous year.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, 80% of all antibiotics are used in food-animals, not humans. These drugs are frequently fed to healthy animals, to compensate for overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. While the meat you eat may be safe, the routine use of antibiotic drugs on these animals leads to the creation of superbugs, which cannot be treated with common antibiotics.
Luckily, there is a better way. Many farmers and food companies are now raising animals in healthy, stress-free environments. As a result, these animals can be raised antibiotic-free. This is good news for our food supply- and our public health.
As more and more Americans learn about antibiotic-free meat, more and more producers will raise their animals in a sustainable way.
To get there, we must first know what's in the food we eat. Please join me in and co-sign my letter asking America’s largest food companies – what’s in the beef?
For a full list of letter recipients, please click here.
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