Hospitals Urge Antiobiotic-free Meat

CHICAGO, July 19 (UPI) — Some U.S. hospitals say they are changing their food menus to feature antibiotic-free meats — for the health of patients and the health of the environment.

Amid concerns about drug-resistant pathogens, medical professionals are urging more use of grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef on hospital patient menus, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Hospital administrators say they hope increased demand for such products will reduce the use of antibiotics, including penicillin and tetracycline, to treat cattle. Scientists believe the use of antibiotics can cause pathogens, some of which attack humans, to become more resistant to drugs, the newspaper said.

The Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for the use of antibiotics, saying “using medically important anti-microbial drugs for production or growth-enhancing purposes … in food-producing animals is not in the interest of protecting and promoting the public health.”

Meat producers argue there is insufficient evidence linking human anti-bacterial-resistant infection to animal use.

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