Food safety experts at Consumer Reports reviewed the antibiotic use policies of restaurant chains and the most popular beef, pork, and poultry producers. The best policies are those that prohibit the use of veterinary and human antibiotics for all types of meat, as well as other medicines (beta-agonists and hormones) in order to increase the growth of animals and prevent their diseases.
Any supply of drugs on a regular basis allows producers to avoid correcting the conditions that make animals sick in the first place. If a company allows the use of one of these drugs in at least one of the animals it breeds or in at least one of the types of meat it serves, you will read "Allow" in the Other Medications column.
While some of the companies included here are committed to implementing changes in the use of antibiotics in the future, these were their practices at the close of this edition. Not all brands or companies are represented. For more details visit GreenerChoices.org/animalag