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UCLA Hospitals serve Antibiotic-free Meat in Fight Against Superbugs

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posted on Apr, 1 2014 @ 05:50 PM
This is good news and also shows how problematic meat that has been treated with anti-biotic has become for consumers, especially as patients needing treatment but the medicines given don't work

Visitors and patients at UCLA hospitals probably won’t notice what’s gone missing from the chili, hamburgers and chicken dishes they order for lunch.

But by putting antibiotic-free ground beef, ground beef patties and chicken breasts on the menus at the university’s Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, hospital officials hope to strike a blow against so-called superbugs.

Feeding antibiotics to cows, chicken and pigs is a common practice that enhances growth in the animals but also contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance: when microbes evolve to become impervious to attack, making it more and more difficult for physicians to treat infections.

Bacteria that are susceptible to treatment die off in the presence of antimicrobial medication, allowing other bacteria that are resistant to drugs to thrive -- and endanger patients. Scientists say the process is inevitable, but might be slowed by limiting antibiotic use. The more the drugs are used, the more opportunities arise for resistant bacteria to evolve.

The hospitals serve about 10,000 meals a day, but switching to antibiotic-free meat would mark just a small step toward solving the problem of antibiotic resistance, Dr. Daniel Uslan said, director of the UCLA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which works to assure drugs are used properly in the university's health system.
Nonetheless, he called the symbolic importance of the move “critically important ”

The FDA plans to phase out non-medical antibiotic use by farms in an effort to combat growing human resistance to the drugs

Dec. 11, 2013

The FDA plan unveiled Wednesday would finalize a strategy that requires voluntary cooperation from the drug industry.

The more than two dozen manufacturers that supply antibiotics to the meat industry are being asked to remove growth promotion claims on products that are similar to drugs used on humans.

Known as medically important antimicrobials, they include popular drugs such as penicillin and tetracycline. Drugs that have no such equivalents would still be permitted to promote growth in animals. Health experts say these drugs aren't linked to antibiotic resistance in people.

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posted on Apr, 1 2014 @ 09:54 PM
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At last professionals are beginning to wake up to the problems of feeding animals antibiotics. It's one thing to manipulate nature, but to outright and blatantly interfere is crazy.

I understand we need to make progress in the world, but sometimes we should slow down and really consider the consequences of our actions before leaping into action.

I'm glad that this has been thought of and put into action before we had a 'closing the barn door after the horses bolted' sort of action after a major pandemic of antibiotic resistant, deadly bacteria....

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