Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Monroe County, released the findings of a survey her office did about the use of antibiotics in food animals by more than 60 fast-food companies.
“As Americans fire up their grills for the Fourth of July, my findings finally provide consumers with valuable information about the food they eat, and answer the question, ‘What’s in the beef?’” Slaughter said in a statement. “Through my survey, the food industry has provided us valuable information, and with that knowledge we must act.”
Slaughter, who is seeking re-election in the fall against Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, is using the findings to push Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to toughen laws to fight “the growing threat of superbugs” in food.
Slaughter said the survey found that “while a small number of industry leaders provide antibiotic-free meat and poultry products, an overwhelming majority of food production companies routinely feed low-doses of antibiotics to healthy food-animals. Decades of research have shown that this kind of misuse leads to an increase in superbugs.”
She complimented companies such as Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Niman Ranch, Bell & Evans, Coleman Natural Foods, Ozark Mountain Pork, Applegate Farms, and Sweetgreen for using meat that isn’t reliant on use of antibiotics. But other places got bad grades, such as Wal-Mart, White Castle and Dunkin’ Donuts.