Food Safety, Resistance to Antibiotics and Healthy Farm Animals

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Antibiotics are essential to the so-called "miracle" of modern medicine. Now antibiotic-resistant bacteria have shown up at American grocery stores. Researchers in Arizona sampled meat and poultry sold at grocery stores in Flagstaff, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale and Washington, DC. What they found has added fuel to the controversy over the use of antibiotics on factory farms. Some claim that's evidence that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness because of overuse on American farms.

Credits

Guests:
Maryn McKenna - Wired and Scientific American - @marynmc, Guy Loneragan - Texas Tech University, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, James Johnson - University of Minnesota, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Brad Spellberg - LA County-USC Medical Center - @BradSpellberg

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Karen Radziner, Andrea Brody