Antibiotics are routinely given to livestock as a part of their feed to promote faster growth and to prevent diseases that may result from unhealthy living conditions. In fact, an astonishing 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to animals, not people. You can limit your family's exposure to superbugs and help preserve the efficacy of antibiotics for everyone by saying no to products from animals raised with antibiotics.
Here are 5 reasons to choose antibiotic-free animal products.
1. The vast majority of antibiotics in animal feed have never been evaluated for superbug risk.
Of the 270 drugs used in chickens, pigs, and cattle that contain antibiotics considered medically important for treating humans, the FDA has vetted just seven percent for superbug risk. In 2003, the FDA announced plans to evaluate every new animal drug's potential to create superbugs. Problem is, most drugs currently being administered were approved before 2003. In other words, they were grandfathered in and aren't subject to evaluation. (source)