UCLA's two hospitals are beginning to offer antibiotic-free meat and chicken to its patients and employees, the UCLA Health System announced today.
Hamburgers made from grass-fed, antibiotic beef has been added to menus, as the school tries to raise public awareness about American meat industry practices that UCLA doctors say are concerning to them.
Dr. Daniel Uslan, an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at UCLA's medical school, announced the new menu items today.
"An overuse of antibiotics in cows, chickens and other food-producing animals has helped make bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics, which in turn has led to more antibiotic-resistant infections in humans," he said.
"It's critical that we reduce unnecessary antibiotic use in agriculture and support appropriate antibiotic use by clinicians and patients," the UCLA doctor said. More than 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to farm animals, according to FDA statistics quoted by UCLA.
The antibiotic-free meat items are available at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, and the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
—City News Service