Beware ‘antibiotic-free’ meat labels?
Approximately 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used by the meat and poultry industry to make animals grow faster or to prevent disease in crowded and unsanitary conditions.
What shoppers found
Big differences among retailers. Whole Foods, for example, guarantees that all meat and poultry sold in its stores is never treated with antibiotics. Shoppers also found wide selections of meat and poultry raised without antibiotics at Giant, Hannaford, Shaw’s and Stop & Shop. At the other extreme, shoppers at Sam’s Club, Food 4 Less, Food Lion and Save-A-Lot stores could not find any such meat or poultry.