Beef suppliers McDonald’s and Walmart slammed for ‘reckless’ use of antibiotics

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Beef suppliers McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Walmart source their meat from US farms that use antibiotics linked to the spread of dangerous superbugs, an investigation has found.

Unpublished US government records obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian show that farms producing beef for meatpacking companies Cargill, JBS and Green Bay are risking public health by still using antibiotics classified as ” highest priority of critical importance” to human health. (HP-CIA).

These drugs are so essential to human medicine that their use in animal husbandry must be stopped, the World Health Organization has warned.

The results drew condemnation from public health experts and activists.

There is no ban on the use of antibiotics for treatment or to prevent disease, although farmers now need a veterinary prescription for many medically important antibiotics that were previously available without a prescription and added to the water and animal feed. There is a ban in the United States on the use of antibiotics for growth promotion, which has been in place since 2017.

But many American breeders still regularly use antibiotics for months. Using them – and overusing them – risks allowing bacteria to develop resistance, which means the drugs stop working.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious global threats to public health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is responsible for more than 35,000 deaths in the United States each year and 1.3 million worldwide.

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