“Most meat, poultry purchased by SF departments treated with antibiotics”

“City departments tasked for the first time with tracking antibiotics used in the production of the meat and poultry they purchased struggled to get accurate information from suppliers, according to a report.

San Francisco passed a law late last year requiring city departments to start disclosing data on meat purchases and antibiotic use to address the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Health organizations say the missue of antibiotics in livestock for disease prevention and growth promotion have contributed to the alarming health risk.

The first required reporting shows The City spent at least $986,000 on meat and poultry last year across four city departments and “the vast majority of meat and poultry purchased was raised with antibiotics,” or more than 90 percent, according to a report from Deborah Raphael, director of the Department of the Environment.”

Source: Examiner


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