By Courtney Mata |Staff Writer|
High levels of antibiotics in our meat products have claimed to be found by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
“Eighty percent of all antibiotics in the United States are used on livestock, both to control disease and to promote animal growth,” according to The Washington Post.
“One of the public food safety issues facing the United States is the contamination of meat with residual veterinary drugs, pesticides, and heavy metals,” according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Concern is now rising about whether or not the drugs found in our meat products could affect people negatively.
According to an article on reuters.com, “NRDC’s study found the FDA took no action to remove 30 antibiotic-based livestock feed products from the market even after federal investigators determined many of those antibiotics fell short of current regulatory standards for protecting human health.”
The FDA has not been paying close attention or following up on the feed mass meat companies give to their livestock.
The animal’s feed gets antibiotics put into it because it prevents the animals from getting sick.
“Of course they mix drugs into the animal’s meal. It’s so that they don’t get sick. It’s easier to prevent any of the animals from getting sick, and it’s cheaper,” said Sammy A. Kazoura, a CSUSB chemistry professor.
Many meat companies use antibiotics to their advantage.
It keeps the cattle healthy but some students question if it is safe to eat.
“Is it bad to eat? Yes, because since we ingest the meat from these animals we ingest these drugs and develop a resistance to these drugs, making them less effective when we take them,” said Kazoura.
One concern of antibiotics in our meat is the fact we will digest this meat and this could become a problem for our immunity.
Students concerned about the antibiotics in meat products should consider switching to organic meat products.
Some students are already thinking of switching to organic meats after learning of antibiotics.
“I did not know that our meat products had antibiotics in it and now learning this I am definitely going to switch to organic,” said student Melissa Ruiz.
“Animals raised organically are not allowed to be fed antibiotics, the bovine human growth hormone (rbGH), or other artificial drugs. Animals are also not allowed to eat genetically modified foods,” according to Care2.com.
Students that do not want to switch to organic meat can switch to companies that do not produce a large quantity of meat.
Organic meat products are sold in many grocery stores.
“It’s probably best to avoid companies that mass produce in the meats, because they are more likely to use the antibiotics,” said Kazoura.
Larger companies use drugs in their meat to control disease and promote animal growth.
“The FDA wants to phase out the use of antibiotics for animal growth over the next three years,” according to The Washington Post.