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White House Plan to Address Antibiotic Resistance Is Too Weak to Protect Human Health

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  • According to the CDC, drug-resistant antibiotics in the American food supply pose “a serious threat” to public health and “should be phased out”
  • Large scale meat production is a primary breeding ground of drug-resistant bacteria, as low doses of antibiotics are routinely fed to livestock to promote growth and compensate for unsanitary living conditions
  • The White House recently announced a five-year plan to address antibiotic resistance. But we cannot afford to wait five years. Scientists already warn strep throat could be fatal in as little as 10 years from now
  • Two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result of those infections
  • Between 1973 and 2011, there were 55 antibiotic-resistant foodborne outbreaks in the US. More than half of these outbreaks involved pathogens resistant to five or more antibiotics

By Dr. Mercola

According to a 2013 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on antibiotic-resistant threats,  antibiotics in the American food supply pose "a serious threat" to public health and "should be phased out." 


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