Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Widespread overuse of antibiotics is putting our health at risk. 

Report | US PIRG Education Fund | Antibiotics

Chain Reaction VI

The Chain Reaction VI report and scorecard ranks America’s top restaurant chains on their policies relating to antibiotic use in their beef supply chains. 

Wendy's takes action to stop antibiotic overuse

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Wendy's, the third largest burger chain in the country, committed to prohibiting the routine use of medically important antibotics in its meat supply chains by the end of 2030. 

Chain Reaction VI

Resource | Antibiotics

U.S. PIRG Comment on “Potential Approach for Defining Durations of Use for Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Intended for Use In or On Feed”

About a third of medically important antibiotics approved for use in food animals via feed or water have no defined limit for how long they can be used, otherwise known as a “duration limit.” That means meat producers can dose herds of animals for several weeks, months or even indefinitely. Overusing antibiotics in this way can encourage antibiotic resistant bacteria to multiply and spread, and these “superbugs” can make their way off the farm and potentially infect people with dangerous illness. Duration limits are essential for reducing use of medically important antibiotics on farms and curbing antibiotic resistance. 

Resource | Antibiotics

Health professionals urge the U.S. Senate to reduce antibiotic use in agriculture to curb drug resistance

Health professionals urge federal lawmakers to include funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish defined durations for all medically important antibiotics used in food-producing animals. Currently, about one-third of medically important antibiotics do not carry these duration limits in livestock, and can be used for an animal's entire lifespan. 

Report | U.S. PIRG | Antibiotics

Talking Turkey: A consumer guide to buying turkey raised without overusing antibiotics

As Americans head to the grocery store to purchase their Thanksgiving turkeys, U.S. PIRG has released its first ever “Talking Turkey” guide to purchasing turkeys raised without overusing antibiotics.


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