We Like Our Meat Drug Free
If you watch any TV, I'm sure you've seen the commercials put out by Sanderson Farms about the "myth" of antibiotic free chicken. Their argument is that their chicken, raised with antibiotics, is safe to eat because the chicken must be clear of those antibiotics before it leaves the farm. To an extent this is true, the chicken you eat is free of antibiotics once it hits the shelves. This company would like you to believe this is the only thing you need to be worried about when it comes to eating meat raised with antibiotics but this is simply not the case. The concern with the use of antibiotics in livestock is not about human consumption, the concern is about the resistant bacteria growing from overuse of antibiotics.
The excessive use of antibiotics in livestock produced for consumption has led to an increasing amount of drug-resistant pathogens. Some of these pathogens have adapted to resist a few drugs, others, so called "superbugs" have adapted to resist almost all, if not all treatment options we currently have. Scientists are struggling to develop new antibiotics to treat the growing number of superbugs and if we don't make a change, the results could be devastating.
Sanderson argues that the mass production of meat just isn't possible without the use of antibiotics but Purdue farms has proven that it CAN be done and it can be done profitably. Not only is it possible, but it made Purdue's chicken safer. Strict sanitation is required when raising chicken without antibiotics and the chicken produced is less likely to have the food-borne pathogens salmonella and campylobacter as shown by 2010 Consumer Reports testing of commercial chicken meat.
More and more companies are on board with the antibiotic free movement and meats raised without antibiotics are becoming less expensive to purchase. If you can afford it, try to purchase meat labeled "Raised without antibiotics." Grass-fed does not always mean raised without antibiotics and "Natural" doesn't guarantee anything nor is it regulated. For more on labeling, checkout the USDA's Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms here --- https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/food-labeling/meat-and-poultry-labeling-terms/!ut/p/a1/jZHfT4MwEMf_Fh94LC0yl803QmIEHWQhatcXU7ZrISktaTsJ_vUyjSYzm-7u6e4-39wvzDDFTPO3VnLfGs3VIWbzV7Im82iZkrxcRnckK57X5UOakkV1MwGbP4AivlB_xhLynz6_oMG1XaUriVnPfYNaLQymEjzi2g1gHabCmB1yXIAfkeBbj1wD4L8LitegWi0x7YAfVDvUm73ydvwpIQ-2c_gFs-NpSDR5VsTV7D4vYlLOfgMnzvUFnL_HtLBUpv78zSbRdbyYNrMgwIIN93ZKN9737jYgARmGIZTGSAXh1nQBOSVpjPOYHpO4757o-2MiqgyxehyuPgCErj8l/#15