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Tue Apr 12, 2022, 08:11 PM

A Troubling Amount of "Antibiotic-Free" Meat Is Testing Positive, New Study Finds [View all]

A new study has found that there may be uncertainty happening at your local grocery store's meat counter.

The study, conducted by researchers from George Washington University and published April 7 in Science magazine, tested urine samples from cattle that were destined for the "Raised Without Antibiotics" (RWA) market at a single slaughter facility over a 7-month period. What they found is troubling—and has major grocery chains like Whole Foods taking another look at their own meat supply.

The study authors write that, of the 312 lots of cattle tested (which represents about 12% of the RWA beef production in the US over the same time period), about 15% came back with at least one positive test for antibiotics.

"These findings provide empirical evidence that a material portion of beef products currently being marketed with RWA labels is from cattle that were treated with antibiotics," wrote study authors Lance Price, Laura Rogers, and Kevin Lo. Lo is the chief executive of the food-testing company Food In-Depth, also known as FoodID, which collected the data at the slaughterhouse.


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