A doctor says antibiotics in meat could be harming us

Erin Dacy
April 2, 2015
WAAY TV
 
Each year, 23-thousand Americans die and eight-million are hospitalized as a result of antibiotic resistant infections and it has nothing to do with prescription medication. Here are some reasons why you may want to take a closer look at what’s on your plate.
 
It might look good, but what’s added to beef, pork and poultry has the attention of the CDC and hospitals all over the U.S.!
 
Amy Collins, MD, Senior Clinical Advisor for Health Care Without Harm in Boston, said, “80-percent of the antibiotics used in this country are used in animal agriculture. That’s 30-million pounds of antibiotics used every year to treat animals that aren’t even sick.”
 
Antibiotics are fed to livestock to prevent disease and promote growth. While it’s not a new practice Dr. Collins says it’s time to stop.
 
“This practice of giving them low-dose antibiotics in their food on a daily basis is the perfect opportunity to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria” Dr. Collins said.