You don't want to know: A new study found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the US government for poultry production is still in use. And there are other strange things besides antibiotics in our chicken as well: Poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients in the over-the-counter medicines Tylenol and Benadryl, and even arsenic.
In the April 5th edition of the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof quotes researcher Keeve E. Nachman as saying, "We were kind of floored. It's unbelievable what we found."
The most important drugs found in the study were fluoroquinolones, which are broad spectrum antibiotics used to treat serious bacterial infections in people, particularly those infections that have become resistant to older antibiotics. If we ingest too much of them, they may stop working for us too.
The annual US per capita human consumption of poultry products is approximately 100 pounds, greater than that of any other animal or vegetable derived protein source. To satisfy this demand, each year, the poultry industry raises nearly 9 billion broiler chickens and 80 million turkeys, according to the US Department of Agriculture. In order to produce this number of chickens, factory farms find it necessary to medicate their birds.
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