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Antibiotic-free food key to public health -- Alyssa Florack
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Antibiotic-free food key to public health -- Alyssa Florack

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It’s good news Pizza Hut has committed to reducing artificial ingredients in its pizzas. But planning to serve chicken raised without routine antibiotics is even more important than simple “tinkering with their recipes.” By taking this step to reduce antibiotics in its supply chain, Pizza Hut joins other major chains such as Subway and Taco Bell in protecting public health by helping to stop the overuse of antibiotics in the meat industry.

Roughly 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are for use on livestock and poultry and are often given to animals that aren’t sick on a routine basis. This overuse makes farms breeding grounds for the kind of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread into our communities and threaten public health.

I’m glad Pizza Hut has made this change because I don’t just look for something without artificial ingredients — I look for food that helps protect public health. Wisconsin’s own Culver’s has taken steps in this direction with its chicken. But as a lover of the Butterburger, I urge them to commit to all meat raised without routine antibiotics.

-- Alyssa Florack, De Pere

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