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Tell the top grocery stores: Reduce antibiotic use in meat products

Stephen Ausmus | CC-BY-2.0

Dear CEO’s of grocery stores receiving an F in Superbugs in Stock,

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a threat to all of our health, and when it comes to addressing the overuse of antibiotics in meat production that help fuel this problem, grocery stores can play a big role in keeping us safer.

Unfortunately, a recent report entitled Superbugs in Stock, released by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and its partners, found that the majority of top grocery stores reviewed are failing to meaningfully reduce antibiotic use in their privately labeled meat products.

Researchers estimate that antibiotic-resistant infections already kill up to 160,000 Americans annually, and health experts warn those numbers could skyrocket without swift action to reduce antibiotic use.

The bottom line is that we can’t afford to throw away our life-saving medicines to produce a slightly cheaper burger or pork chop.

Please commit to sourcing meat from animals raised without the routine use of medically important antibiotics in your privately labeled meat products.


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