07 Jul '12, 12pm

Industry-Wide Survey of Food Manufacturers Shows Antibiotic Overuse is Still the Norm

Industry-Wide Survey of Food Manufacturers Shows Antibiotic Overuse is Still the Norm

A new survey released by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) proves that food manufacturers and producers are far too slow to act on reducing antibiotics in the food supply. Rep. Slaughter wrote to more than 60 large food manufacturers asking them to respond regarding their antibiotic practices including details of their policies, percentage of foods raised without antibiotics, routine use, and therapeutic uses. According to the 74 page survey, reported on Food Safety News , "while a small number of industry leaders provide antibiotic-free meat and poultry products, an overwhelming majority of food production companies routinely feed low-doses of antibiotics to healthy food-animals." Antibiotic-Free Still a Niche Market A small line of producers manufacture exclusively antibiotic-free products including Whole Foods, Chipotle, Niman Ranch, and Applegate Farms, but the maj...

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