Would you like a side of antibiotics with that? Consumers Finally to Know Amount of Antibiotics in Meat

Nov, 13, 2017

By Fredrica Syren:

More and more information is emerging about the use of antibiotics in meat production. Critics like doctors, scientists, dieticians and activists are calling out the meat industry for overusing antibiotics and hormones in animals that do not need them. The misuse of antibiotics in meat comes with a heavy price — dangerous superbugs resistant to antibiotics used by humans. Sadly, antibiotic resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year.

The problem is that the meat producing industry is very secretive, and most states have so-called “Ag-gag” laws preventing anyone who has worked at a slaughter house or meat production company to tell what they have seen or heard.

But that’s about to change….

Thanks to a new San Francisco city ordinance signed into law in October, consumers will get a rare glimpse into the use of antibiotics in meat and poultry production. The new ordinance will force several top meat and poultry producers all over the country to share details about their use of antibiotics. Grocery stores like Safeway and Target will be required under the ordinance to document antibiotics used in the meat and poultry available at their stores. AND the information will be made available via a city website to consumers.

Antibiotic contaminated meats such as chicken, turkey, farmed fish and seafood, pork, beef and lamb put our children and ourselves at risk. It’s estimated that about 50,000 die each year in the U.S. due to antibiotic resistant infections. We’re now facing a future when antibiotics no longer will be as effective, so routine procedures like C-sections, hip replacements or any other surgeries will come with a huge risk of antibiotic resistant infections. A new British study warns that, unless we get the antibiotics misuse under control by 2050, 10 million people a year might die because of resistance to antibiotics. What once was considered a miracle drug has gotten a bad reputation because of its misuse in agriculture.

There might be lots of resistance to the ordinance by the meat industry. The U.S. food production industry is a very secretive one with very few requirements to disclose their use of chemicals or additives in our food. So this will bring much-needed transparency to the national food system.

Here is a link to a trailer for the documentary Resistance, which covers the antibiotic resistance issue. I highly recommend that you watch it and learn more about why agriculture’s misuse of antibiotics is so harmful. Check out the preview of the movie.

For more information about the use of antibiotics in meat production, go here:



Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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