Superbugs in YOUR food…yum

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Superbugs Invade American Supermarkets

The following information was originally published by the Environmental Working Group.

Are superbugs invited to your summer cookouts?

They may be party-crashing. EWG's researchers did an analysis of government data on
antibiotic-resistant bacteria in raw meat - and found startlingly high levels of
antibiotic-resistant bacteria on: 

:: 81 percent of ground turkey
:: 69 percent of pork chops
:: 55 percent of ground beef
:: 39 percent of chicken breasts, wings or thighs

Factory farms and industrial livestock producers routinely give healthy animals
unnecessary antibiotics to get them to slaughter faster or prevent infection in
crowded, stressful and often unsanitary living conditions. This misuse of
antibiotics on factory farms creates an ideal climate for breeding superbugs, so
it's no surprise when they show up in meat. 

So EWG put together must-know information for you on how to avoid some of these
potentially deadly bacteria.

Check out EWG's report, Superbugs Invade American supermarkets at http://bit.ly/15Qf98M.

In 2011, nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for use in food animals -
roughly four times the amount sold to treat people! Not surprisingly, the superbugs
spawned by antibiotic misuse have become a direct source of foodborne illness. Even
more ominously, antibiotic misuse threatens to make many of these vital medicines
ineffective in treating a wide variety of human disease - increasing the odds that a
patient will suffer serious illness, complications or even death. 

In EWG's new report, you'll not only find more information about superbugs but also
great tips on how to buy meat that's less likely to be contaminated, what the labels
on your meat actually mean and so much more.

Click here to find tips on how to protect your family from superbugs,
http://bit.ly/ZELAWW.

EWG wants to make sure you have the information you need to make smarter choices all
summer.

Sincerely, 

Ken Cook 
President, Environmental Working Group

P.S. Want to take EWG's Tips to Help You Avoid Superbugs in Meat with you to the
grocery store? Donate $5 or more today and we'll send you our handy wallet guide
filled with tips on how to shop for healthier meat, http://bit.ly/19XzcFJ.
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