MADELEINE KLEVEN , PROJECT ASSISTANT, FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM AT FOOD ANIMAL CONCERNS TRUST
The spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, i.e. superbugs, threatens the health of both humans and animals globally. To combat the transmission of superbugs, significant reductions must be made in the amount of antibiotic used both in human medicine and agriculture. While antibiotics are essential in the treatment of serious bacterial infections in both humans and animals, their overuse exclusively benefits the superbugs. So what are the two biggest U.S. livestock sectors, chicken and beef, doing to reduce their antibiotic use?