Responsible doctors don’t give people antibiotics they don’t need, but until recently many livestock producers fed healthy animals antibiotics to make them grow faster – no prescription needed.

A sick animal may need an antibiotic. But most of the animals raised for food in the U.S. – some 8.9 billion a year – come from factory farms where healthy animals are still given antibiotics in their food and water to prevent infection in their crowded, stressful and sometimes unsanitary living conditions.

Read EWG’s Tips to Help You Avoid Superbugs in Meat here.

For more EWG resources on avoiding superbugs in meat, check out EWG’s Meat and Dairy Product Label Decoder.

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