The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been trying to get the meat industry to reduce its use of antibiotics, even proposing a set of voluntary guidelines in 2012, but it hasn't done much with it since. In the meantime, antibiotic (ab)use on livestock farms continues to grow. According to data from the FDA
, the livestock industry now uses almost 80% of all the antibiotics used in the U.S. The main concern is that the practice of dosing healthy farm animals daily with antibiotics will create drug-resistant bacteria. About three-quarters of Salmonella
found on ground turkey and chicken breast are now resistant to at least one antibiotic, and almost half of the Campylobacter
found on chicken products are resistant to tetracyclines. Here are some other examples of antibiotic abuse in the food industry.
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