Consumers Making Moves To Disregard Federal Ruling on Meat

chicken breastThe U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week in a 2-to-1 decision that the FDA will not limit the activity of consistently feeding antibiotics to animals, including even when they’re not sick. This news comes despite there being evidence that misusing antibiotics threatens to derail the effectiveness of necessary human medicines.

What’s more, the appeals court overturned two separate district court verdicts in antibiotic cases given by groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which asked the FDA to cease the use of many antibiotics in healthy animals until drug makers could provide verifiable evidence of the safety of such use.

Fortunately, though, there are clear indicators that the market is beginning to shun drugged meat regardless.

That’s right: many grocery store shoppers aren’t waiting around for the FDA to change its stance to take planned action against antibiotic misuse by the meat industry. Many experts claim that the consumers are now voting with their dollars for what they want rather than waiting for policy makers to take notice. 

For example:

• Chicken, turkey, pork, and beef sales are smaller when they’re not raised with antibiotics, but more and more consumers are looking for alternatives to traditional, farm-raised meat choices, which usually deal with the consistent use of antibiotics prior to slaughter.

• The market is taking notice: many big-name companies such as Applegate, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, and Chick-Fil-A are now a) selling meat that wasn’t raised with antibiotics or b) making public promises to do so very soon.

• Whole Foods has been a leader in grocery retailers, stating that any and all poultry and meat products that they show in their shelves are guaranteed to be antibiotic-free. This is a huge change for such a big name brand to commit to. Most grocery stores provide antibiotic-free or organic meat choices now, sometimes at prices similar to other, more traditional meat products. 

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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