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Consumer Reports Tests: Bacteria on Turkey Raised Without Antibiotics Showed Significantly Less Antibiotic Resistance than Bacteria Conventional Turkey
Date:4/30/2013

with no artificial ingredients or added color. It can come from an animal that ate antibiotics daily.

Tips for Safer Preparation and Handling:

  •     Buy meat just before checking out, and place it in a plastic bag to prevent leaks.
  •     If cooking meat within a few days, store it at 40º F or below. Otherwise, freeze it. (Note that freezing may not kill bacteria.)
  •     When cooking ground turkey, use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches the proper internal temperature of at least 165º F to kill potentially harmful bacteria.
  •     Wash hands and all surfaces after handling ground turkey.
  •     Don’t return cooked meat to the plate that held it raw.
  •     Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers within two hours of cooking.

What Regulators and Congress Should Do

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict the use of antibiotics in food animals since the 1970s. The FDA should prohibit antibiotic use in livestock except for the treatment of veterinarian-diagnosed sick animals.

“The current FDA guidance is not adequate—it simply calls for voluntary changes by industry. This will not get the job done,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.

    Consumers Union believes the FDA – or Congress, if the FDA will not act – should take the following steps:

  •     Phase out the use of antibiotics in livestock except for the treatment of sick animals.
  •     Require drug companies and feed mills to disclose sales of antibiotics for use in food animals, b
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