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American Meat Production Uses More Antibiotics Than Ever, Despite Growing Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Disease in Consumers

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  • The routine use of antibiotics to promote growth in food animals promotes antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drug-resistant disease in humans
  • Meat tainted with drug-resistant bacteria can cause disease if the meat is improperly handled or undercooked
  • Two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result
  • A fecal transplant may be an effective cure in cases where patients fail to respond to antibiotics

By Dr. Mercola

The featured Frontline News documentary investigates the roots and ramifications of the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. The US uses nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics each year to raise food animals. This accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US.


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