Report: Antibiotic-free meat on the rise with American consumers

Report: Antibiotic-free meat on the rise with American consumers

Report: Antibiotic-free meat on the rise with American consumers

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Posted on June 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

(WHAS11) -- Antibiotic-free meat, it's what's for dinner, or at least that's what's on America's shopping list.

The Consumers Union found that 86 percent of consumers said they wanted meat raised without antibiotics in their local supermarket and 60 percent said they'd pay more for it. The same group used secret shoppers to check out meat counters at stores in 23 states and found some chains offer no drug-free choices.

Farmers started using antibiotics in livestock back in the 1950s. Public health officials say the drugs may be contributing to the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.
 

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