Monday, August 23, 2010

"Tell the FDA to keep antibiotics out of our food."

"When people get sick, they have to go to the doctor to get an antibiotic prescription. But that rule doesn't hold true for animals raised for meat. Alarmingly, up to 70% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on industrial farms in healthy food animals. This massive overprescription is breeding new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can -- and have -- spread to humans. The trend is frightening. Currently, more people die in the U.S. from antibiotic-resistant staph infections than from AIDS, and antibiotics continue to decline in effectiveness for treating both human and animal diseases."


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