400 hospitals pledge to purchase antibiotic free meat

As they become more concerned with the livestock industry’s use of antibiotics, more than 400 U.S. hospitals are working toward a goal to reduce their purchases of meat raised with those drugs.

Those hospitals are aiming to make 20 percent of their meat purchases antibiotic-free, according to officials at Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit helping the healthcare industry on the issue.
So far, nearly a dozen hospitals have started making the majority of their chicken purchases antibiotic-free, the nonprofit told NPR.

"Hospitals understand antibiotic resistance, and they're being asked to steward their own use of antibiotics,” Hillary Bisnett, a food expert for Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, told the website. “So it's very easy for them to say, 'Livestock producers need to be doing their part, too.' "

Check out the full story at npr.org.

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