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Why You Should Be Concerned About Antibiotics in Chicken. Antibiotics have been given to farm animals since the 1940s to prevent disease and help the animals grow fatter, faster. Today, more than 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used on farm animals. However, in early 2017 the FDA banned the use of human antibiotics for the sole purpose of. Antibiotics are used sparingly in the chicken industry, and The National Chicken Council believes medically important antibiotics should only be used on the farm to treat and prevent disease – not administered to promote growth.

In fact, more than 50% of chicken production is now raised without any antibiotics ever. The debate on antibiotic use in animals still continues. Although there is no evidence that antibiotics in foods harm people directly, most agree that the over-use of antibiotics in food-producing. Why Are Antibiotics Used in Chicken Production? Shrink-wrapped on Styrofoam trays, fried and tucked into a biscuit or made into sausages and cold cuts, almost all chicken has the same origin: It comes from Cornish Cross chickens-white-feathered, chubby-breasted, docile birds that weigh 5 pounds in as little as 5 weeks.

The term antibiotic growth promotant is a misnomer. Antibiotics don’t help them directly grow bigger and they are not hormones. They treat intestinal ailments.

With more than 20,000 chickens in each chicken house, there is a high likelihood that they may get an intestinal ailment, such as Coccidiosis. As of April 2019, more than 50% of U.S. broiler chicken production is raised without any antibiotics. We understand that consumers have questions and concerns about how and why antibiotics are used to treat and prevent disease in livestock and poultry. We hope this information will help to answer those questions and address some of those concerns. Why Meat Raised Without Antibiotics Is Worth the Extra Cost Experts say the overuse of antibiotics on farms is making germs more drug-resistant as well as making our medications less effective.

Antibiotics do not create blandness, but they created the conditions that allowed chicken to be bland, allowing us to turn a skittish, active backyard bird into a. But if you also see a “raised without antibiotics” claim on a chicken or turkey product in addition to the USDA organic label, it means antibiotics. Representatives from every flock are tested for antibiotic residue.

That’s why they have the withdrawal period from seven to 14 days before the birds are processed, during which time the chickens are not given any antibiotics to make sure there is none in the meat. It’s a bit harder to say, whether antibiotic resistance is increasing.

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To minimize the potential for transfer to human, antibiotics should always be used properly when treating the diseases of chickens.

“Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production” by Donald D. Bell, William D. Weaver
from Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production
by Donald D. Bell, William D. Weaver
Springer US, 2012

This increased risk for infection in people who have received antibiotics for an unrelated reason may be related to alterations in gut microbial ecology, which predispose them to colonization and infection with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella isolates.

“Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book” by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita M.D. Stanton, Joseph St. Geme, Nina F Schor, Richard E. Behrman
from Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book
by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita M.D. Stanton, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011
from the poultry health perspective, the concern is that poultry pathogens will develop resistance to currently approved antibiotics.

“Diseases of Poultry” by Y. M. Saif, Aly M. Fadly, J.R. Glisson, L.R. McDougald, L.K. Nolan, David E. Swayne
from Diseases of Poultry
by Y. M. Saif, Aly M. Fadly, et. al.
Wiley, 2011

But due to recent improvements in husbandry, hygiene conditions, and farm management, bacterial diseases in poultry have been better controlled with less reliance on antibiotics.

“Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems” by Neal K. Van Alfen
from Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems
by Neal K. Van Alfen
Elsevier Science, 2014

The FDA has pulled two antibiotics widely used by poultry farmers because of the risk that antibiotic resistance to deadly campylobacter could be transferred to humans through eating the meat!

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

Antibiotics are used in the poultry industry to enhance growth and feed efficiency and reduce disease.

“Handbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality” by Leo M. L. Nollet, Terri Boylston, Feng Chen, Patti Coggins, Grethe Hydlig, L. H. McKee, Chris Kerth
from Handbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality
by Leo M. L. Nollet, Terri Boylston, et. al.
Wiley, 2012

Chickens develop faster in part because they’re fed growth-promoting antibiotics, but those drugs cause costly antibiotic resistance when they end up in our food and our waterways, making it that much harder for us to fight off a slew of sicknesses—and leading to more time in the doctor’s office.

“Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much And How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter” by David Robinson Simon
from Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much And How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter
by David Robinson Simon
Mango Media, 2013

However, related antibiotics are often used as growth promoters and to prevent or treat illnesses (particularly in poultry) and have been associated with the development of resistant strains in bacteria isolated from poultry and other food animals.

“Health & Drugs: Disease, Prescription & Medication” by Nicolae Sfetcu
from Health & Drugs: Disease, Prescription & Medication
by Nicolae Sfetcu
Nicolae Sfetcu, 2014

In particular, antibiotics in chicken feed appear to cause fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter, which is a concern because quinolones are a class of antibiotic used to treat humans.

“Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice” by Neal D. Fortin
from Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice
by Neal D. Fortin
Wiley, 2016

Antibiotics have been used in poultry diets for many years as growth promotants and as a prophylactic measure against necrotic enteritis in meat chickens.

“Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences” by C. Devine, Werner K. Jensen, Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman
from Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences
by C. Devine, Werner K. Jensen, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2004

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  • Well eat organic meats and produce which have no antibiotics in them. Also colloidal silver cures superbugs studies have shown that. The best product to buy is sovereign silver because it is the smallest particle size,.8 nanometers and the purest silver 99.999 percent and pharmaceutical grade water when talking about purity here. It’s antiviral antibacterial anti fungus it’s the most antimicrobial substance known to man. God bless hope this helps

  • FREE RANGE and ANTIBIOTIC FREE, there are chickens out there and I would rather pay a little extra for my food then be sick w/a bladder infection that won’t ever go away. Lets see, getting sick, having to take antibiotics yourself and having 2 go and see the DR, pay a co-pay each time plus prescription or just pay a little extra for the chicken so I don’t get sick from it!! Sounds like a no brainer for me….and Mary’s Chicken that is sold in Whole Foods is the best tasting chicken either way!!

  • Not to mention the ppl who are now resistant to antibiotics.. helloooooo we dont need to be giving our freeking food antibiotics…

  • How much antibiotics are in your meat?  None.  There are no fucking antibiotics in meat.  If an animal is given a(n) antibiotic(s), that animal has to go through a withdrawal period until the antibiotic(s) are completely out of their system.  It is illegal to sell meat with antibiotics still in them.  This is just a marketing sham to get you to spend more money on something that is already true:  All meat is antibiotic free when you fucking buy it!

  • They are not allowed to pump them full of antibiotics like that here in New Zealand.
    Here our beef is grass and hay feed and they are free range not stuffed in feed lots.
    I guess that is why a lot of people say hamburgers in the US do not taste as good as the ones from the very same chain stores outside the US.

  • Am I the only one who’s being annoyed at the title? Much is singular, “Antibiotics” is a plural word, so the title should be: “How Many Antibiotics Are In Your Meat?”
    Correct me if I’m wrong please!

  • My main thoughts about this video is that If I eat chicken: buy either organic (probably not given these antibiotics), get the free range chickens (because it said that this had to do with chickens cramped in tight quarters, or buy the package that says not treated with hormones (an affordable option for chicken). Other options is to become vegetarian or buy other protein sources: lean steak grass fed and free range, certain types of fish, or protein drinks.

  • I don’t think people care about what the animals feel like-
    Imagine:
    You standing with a pierced in tag on your ear, and you can’t walk anywhere because you’re standing in a box (like they showed the cows & pigs).
    No DUH get more frickin space! It’s better for the poor animals AND nobody has to worry about the stupid antibiotics in our meat! 
    Ugh this just really bothers me. I feel so bad for those poor animals.:'(

  • wow no surprize the ppl that farm these chickens disagree…. none of them wanna spend money on healthy chickens!.. think about it WHY exactly would we feed chickens antibiotics.. becasue there infected and SICK…healthy chickens DONT need antibiotics!!!

  • Humans seem to resemble their chickens. The modern human is much the same as the modern chicken-a fat, sick, docile, and nearly immobile block of flesh.

  • Im glad I live in Norway. We have by far the lowest antibiotics in meat production worldwide. I understand why people living in countries like spain, germany or USA would go vegan though.

  • Simple solution: eat more wild caught seafood. Wild caught isn’t fed any hormones or anti biotics as it’s killed immeditaly on ship and then flash frozen instantly. Not to mention seafoods awesome.

  • First of all I’m a farmer and we feed antibiotics to are animals just like you would to your kid if we can prevent an animal from getting sick, we will and large farms are so clean I would eat of the ground there if anything you should be worried about local farms not keeping good hygiene or not preventing illnesses. And for the vegans when we butcher our animals they are not in any pain or stress they die instantly and don’t feel a thing also we don’t butcher unless we have to we don’t enjoy it at all, just like you pay taxes but you don’t want to its the same for us, we need to pay the bills so we HAVE TO SELL OUR ANIMAL PRODUCTS. Also last time I checked most people don’t even know where their food comes from, I bet most vegans don’t know how an egg is formed our has ever been to a certified farm, certified farms are clean and they do what ever they can to keep their animals/fruits and veggies healthy and alive. Besides the meat and vegetables that go to your table have to go through 5 or 6 other places for testing so its not poisonous or o.d on meds if you noticed she said nothing about the last 3 years because the system for keeping track of what’s being put in your food was ultra enforced in 2012 after a bunch of people were getting sick from farmers o.d ing their animals

  • All this is true. Also, that most of the veggies you eat have been spread with insecticides, especially if they come from South America which great porcentage of them are.
    Then, you better grow your own vegetables, fruits, chickens, even fishes.
    Otherwise… “Forget about it!”

  • How sad all heccwoukd have had to do is put a poultus of Epsom salts cost 3 dollars and will last over a year.. I’ve used It on poultuson my brother he had blood POISENING up his legroom his ankle. The red streak went up to his groin area. By the next morning all the infection was in the cloth. Yuck but he was fine. NOW ABOUT MERSA THEY WON’T TELL YOU IT COMES FROM EATING PIGS. GOD TOLD US ALL THEY WERE UNCLEAN WELL THEY ARE. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE ARE BEING GIVEN SO MUCH PORK ITSCCEVERYWHERE ON AND IN EVERYTHING…..WHY????? ADJENDA 20/30 IT’S KILLING YOU AND SETTING YOU UP FOR SWINE FLUE BUT FOR NOW MERSA. WAKE UP.

  • The video never answers the question that it raises. How Much Antibiotics Are In Your Meat? Yes, we understand that some farmers use antibiotics in the raising of livestock but how much of that actually makes it into the meat we consume. The half life of most antibiotics is a measure of hours and since most animals are treated near the beginning of life I would assume we are exposed to nearly no antibiotics at all. If this is incorrect please correct me.

  • Meat doesn’t have antibiotics in it. A farmer is required by law, after the administration of drugs. To wait a specified amount of days, to butcher, until the antibiotics are out of their system. Have any of you seen a cow with pinkeye. Our get it a lot because they are Herefords (cattle with usually white faces and red coats, or white faces with black coats), and cattle with white faces usually get pinkeye easier. When they have pinkeye there is no way to stop it without antibiotics, and if left untreated they either die, get cancer in their eyes, or go completely blind and stop eating and die anyways. It is not pretty. Without being vaccinated even they will get it just about every year or two years. Cows are beautiful animals, they deserve to be treated with antibiotics when they are sick. Just like you and me. So shut up and stop thinking about yourselves. Cows have feelings too. Ours just started to have calves (the newest ones just had their first go of pinkeye, a full two days of building gates and fences for the hydraulic shoot in the hot sun YAY), and their calves are the cutest ever. Our oldest cow 18 had a black and white faced Highland/Hereford, and we plan on keeping her for a cow next year since we are getting a new bull. It would be a real shame if she lost her life, ability to see and then her life, or got cancer and then lost her life. Just because someone didn’t want antibiotics in their meat….Ok done with the rant, I’m sorry if this hurts some of your itsy bitsy feelings. However I DONT CARE. End of Story. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go out and enjoy a day with my new calf (Cherry).

  • So it is not only chewy meat, it is also overpriced, unhealthy, has a chance to give you one hell of an infection, and is made by animals living in poor conditions.

    What’s there to not like?

  • Antibiotics are a stopgap that needs to last us until we get to near-Star Trek levels of medical technology. (as in, we’re almost certainly have rejection-proof, lab-grown organs long before we can replace antibiotics)

    Considering they’re what stands between us and something resembling 1800s medicine (or worse), making it illegal to give them to livestock is, really, the only sane option.

  • Antibiotics are poison. There are much better natural ways to fight against harmful bacteria than with the use of poisonous antibiotics.

  • the worst foods are sent down into the ghetto’s anyway, don’t know why you blk people trust these community supper markets. better go vegan people, vegan meat taste just as good as real meat if you put the right spices & flavors to it.

  • Big business doesn’t care about you, they care about your money. Never forget that. That includes Chipotle, yes they don’t use antibiotics… but they don’t do it so they can attract your wallet. Companies in the long run will do what we want, as long as we hurt their revenue first.

  • What if the antibiotics are chemically reacting with the GMO and pesticide chemicals within the meat? Food animals are fed GMO crops probably sprayed with more pesticides than our GMO crops and also fed antibiotics. I’m not saying GMOs are bad but when mixed with other pesticides or antibiotics is or could this have a chemical reaction? Not only that, but what is the water like? How clean is it? And how well do these animals process heavy metals and toxins? They get no exercise because most are kept in confinement in order for them to grow faster. And I also forgot to mention any growth hormones they may be feeding them And how long before it reaches someone’s dinner plate? To me, meat just seems like a chemical latent substance we should be weary of eating.

  • I’d heard of this before, but it’s an interesting refresher. Part of the problem is how much Americans eat compare to the rest of the world. We eat approximately 200lb a year each. On average, the rest of the world eats less than half of that. Instead of doing the right thing and taking care in raising animals for food our market tries to meet the demand and make it affordable. If you want meat that was properly and safely raised you have to pay for it. That makes sense. We could solve our own problems if we had the resolve to do it.

    Eat less meat = fewer animals to raise = more room and funds for those animals.

  • Hey, what about hormones injected to animals like chicken for fast growth?? how does that effect humans? Thumbs up if u want to know..

  • …….and guess who’s supplying these farmers with these antibiotics? That’s right, from the same lot that manufactures all the drugs that are making us all sick.

  • Comparing factory farmed animal products with pasture raised animal products are like comparing apples with engine motors! Worthless information.

  • As I like to call it, Reckless Endangerment of the Population. People talk about airplanes being great for transportation of diseases, but where do those diseases start? Also, if an animal is sick, SEPARATE IT FROM THE OTHERS. NEVER send sick animals to the slaughterhouse. If you can’t spare the money to feed it with no return, kill it and throw it away. It is NOT worth it.

    One of the worst things about this is issue is that it’s SO SIMPLE, yet 80% of the population is going to be killed by plague as a result. This isn’t just about diseases, this is about increase ease of transportations and dirty planes make it easy for diseases to travel, but we are creating diseases that we have no way of fighting. If we don’t stop this RIGHT NOW, we will be powerless when it matters.

  • What tools are available to the consumer to know what and how much antibiotics are going into the food?  Is the organic label good enough?  Can the public request FDA records from the farmer?  Are there labels?  Can we send food in for testing?  Does cooking destroy antibiotics?

  • Just don’t eat animals, or their by products. It’s not healthy, not good for the environment, and so cruel to the innocent animals. The American academy of nutrition and dietetics already approves a well planed vegan diet as appropriate for any stage of life. ��������

  • The problem like always is with labeling.
    Let people decide whether they want to eat antibiotic meat or not dont make laws banning it outright.

    Once research shows that antibiotics we consume in meat causes significant harm people will start caring about it and people will start eating more non antibiotic meat.

    For now we have other issues as well.’
    People consume tons of unhealthy things and we dont ban or label those so i dont see a reason to ban this one particular thing.

    Grilling things (like meat or veggies) releases carcinogens.
    Yet people still eat hamburgers or grilled vegetables in vegan restaurants.

  • Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the US market with consumers wanting to know what is in their food. Farms have started to change practices and focus on more sustainable agriculture. Giving antibiotics or hormones to masses is by no means healthy. All of those chemicals get into the food chain and passed to us. Some farms are 100% antibiotic free but that doesn’t mean that animals don’t get sick, they just don’t always get treated. There are many organizations that certify food through inspectuons and record keeping, providing “labels”. Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Organic, and Certified Naturally Grown are some examples. Best advice is know your farmer, their practices and buy local when possible. -Advice from a farmer

  • you’re*
    If you’re going to be racist, make sure you can spell. But, since you’re being racist, I don’t expect for you to be smart.

  • whenever i see a chicken farm like the ones u show they look pretty good clean and organized…it just was the opposite of what she said

  • We’re all going to die anyway, I don’t see a problem in accelerating the process by munching on big juice medium rare steaks 😉  Make mine extra bloody…oh yeah xD

  • In 2011 it was estimated that about 80% of antibiotics produced went to livestock production (food animals) in the US.
    In China about 50% of the antibiotics produced in country went to livestock.
    The truth is however, there isn’t much hard data on many other countries but as we can clearly see it’s still in great numbers.
    Clostridium difficile is one of our most urgent bacterial threats, sickening a quarter million Americans every year, and killing thousands to the cost of a billion dollars a year, and it’s on the rise. Whereby surgeons need to come in and remove our colon entirely to save our lives, although the surgery is so risky, the operation alone may kill us half the time.
    The frequency of contamination of retail chicken has been documented to be up to 1 in 6 packages off store shelves and particular attention has been paid to pigs because of high rates of C. diff shedding into their waste, which can lead to the contamination of retail pork, and the U.S. has the highest levels of C. diff meat contamination so far tested in the world.
    Go veg, it’s basically the answer to all the world’s problems today.

  • This is an important question. I never eat undercooked meat but if I get the antibiotics while not sick it’s still to bad. 3% weight gain can’t be a valid reason to use it but an infection would spread wildly in cramped farms, one get sick all get sick. I’m also against the use of growth hormones that we then eat and get dangerous cell-growth in organs over time. It doesn’t take much to get out of control.

  • Not an issue for me. I get all my meat and eggs from local sources people I’ve known for years. The problem is our culture of being completely separated from our food and relying on over commercialized, over industrialized “products”. If you think you’re safe from all of this by being vegetarian you’re kidding yourself. Get know your local farmers and stop relying on fast food and preprocessed garbage.

  • When I move out, my friend and I plan to research carefully the businesses that sell meats to ensure we only buy meats with animals which were treated properly and not genetically modified or given antibiotics. We also plan to not buy food with GMOs and such.
    (We have to wait until after we move out because her family has other expenses that they are focusing on instead and my family really doesn’t care.)

  • These people are fucking off the handle, it’s been proven that without antibiotics the animals will actually yield even more overall than with antibiotics. Some people are just so fucked up in the head, no matter what reality looks like, they just need to follow some bullshit rule invented by some idiot who has no fucking clue, just like people also do with religion.

  • Well give up the meat and eat more fish. Oops, mercury, And for those who fear genetically modified plants matter well you’re screwed.

  • I now think of it, i am really lucky to live in england cause this is illegal, mcdonalds in uk only gets british and irish beef whereas USA or other countries in europe buy brazilian meat

  • I wish I could afford more organic food. If I see a good deal, I scoop it up, but most of my meat is not grass fed or labels it antibiotic free.