DAVID WALLINGA, MD, NRDC Senior Health Advisor, Healthy People & Thriving Communities. Dr. Wallinga and NRDC have kindly allowed us to repost this article from the original on the NRDC blog.
Heading into the holidays, many of our families are planning meals centered around a delicious turkey, ham or brisket. But a new analysis from NRDC and our partners at Food Animal Concerns Trust shows that our families' health is at significant risk from how these American meats are typically produced.
Just a week before Thanksgiving, there's news that an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, linked to raw turkey, is still spreading; it has sickened 164 people thus far, killing one. Each year, at least 2 million Americans suffer infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria, resulting in more than 23,000 deaths. Those numbers are rising according to experts.
What's that got to do with your holiday dinner planning? Plenty, says our new analysis, released just in time for Antibiotic Awareness Week.