Workers Suffer When Meat Producers Overuse Antibiotics

Fact Sheet
July 01, 2019

The meat industry is overusing antibiotics—unnecessarily pumping these drugs into livestock to prevent illnesses they don’t have. This practice has myriad consequences for our food and our health, including contributing to the dangerous spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance threatens everyone’s health, but workers within the meat industry are especially at risk. Meat industry workers are more likely to carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria, be sickened by hard-to-treat infections, and unwittingly spread antibiotic resistance to their families and children.

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