This month Consumer Reports released a study on the use of antibiotics in meat. What really sticks out is the amount of labels that appear to indicate a product is free of antibiotics when this is not actually the case.
To help you sort the good from the bad on your next grocery trip, here’s a list of unapproved and/or misleading labels:
- Natural: Products labeled “natural” may actually have antibiotics.
- Antibiotic Free: Not approved by USDA, has no meaning.
- No Antibiotics Residues: Not approved by USDA, no meaning.
- No Antibiotic Growth Promotants: No explanation as to meaning, not approved by USDA.
Approved labels for antibiotic free meat:
- No Antibiotics Administered (and variations)
- Raised without antibiotics
- Never ever given antibiotics
- Humanely raised on family farms without antibiotics
There are others that can be trusted as well, but Consumer Reports recommends looking for a “USDA Process Verified” shield next to the particular label.
Concern over antibiotics in meat products has grown in recent years as an over usage of antibiotics, specifically with livestock, is creating “superbugs” or bacteria that have become immune to antibiotics and thus extremely dangerous, according to the report.
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