As concerns about bacterial resistance and “super bugs” like MRSA increase, and health professionals work to rein in the overuse of antibiotics in humans, the overuse of antibiotics in the production of food animals to promote growth and prevent illness in cramped, unsanitary living conditions is rampant and growing. As physicians we can talk to our patients about antibiotic overuse and write fewer prescriptions but we can not solve this problem alone. We can’t win the battle to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics until meat producers are on board, too.
Trader Joe’s is one of the largest and most progressive grocery retailers in the country. Their commitment to fair labor standards for Florida tomato farm workers1 and to sourcing products from non-GMO ingredients2 set excellent examples for the US produce and grocery industries to follow. We believe a commitment to stand for public health from Trader Joe’s to end their sale of meat from animals routinely raised on antibiotics could have a big impact on meat industry practices. Together with Consumers Union, we are asking Trader Joe’s to take this stand and we invite you to join us.
As a physician, you can help by attesting to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and using voice to encourage retailers in your community to join the fight to reduce antibiotic overuse. Click here to add your signature to our letter to Trader Joe’s today!
Lisa Plymate, MD
NPA FDA Task Force Co-Chair
1. Trader Joe’s and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sign Fair Food Agreement
2. Trader Joe’s Products are Sourced from Non-GMO Ingredients