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Antibiotics and Public Health

Today, 70 percent of all antibiotics are given to farmed animals, contributing to the growing antibiotic resistance crisis.

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Whole Foods Hidden Drugs

Farm Forward found drug residue in Whole Foods’ meat products marketed as “antibiotic-free,” Animal Welfare Certified™, and USDA Organic. We’re calling for an end to Whole Foods’ humanewashing: if it’s factory farmed, label it factory farmed. And if Whole Foods can’t live up to its promises to customers, it should take factory-farmed products off its shelves.

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The antibiotic-free claims are not being verified. These are claims being made with more or less a ‘trust us,’ … We want the meat industry to stop humane-washing. Meet the expectations the public has about how animals should be raised for food, which includes that they don’t routinely use antibiotics to compensate for bad husbandry and dirty, dangerous conditions.


Andrew deCoriolis

Executive Director
The Whole Foods Label Says The Meat Is Free Of Antibiotics, But A Lawsuit Claims That’s Not Always True



Steven Roach, “FDA and USDA need to get on board with the CDC about reducing antibiotic use in raising animals for food,” Stat, September 19, 2022. Accessible here. See also Maryn McKenna, “Antibiotic Use in US Farm Animals Was Falling. Now It’s Not,” Wired, December 14, 2021. Accessible here.