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REDUCTION POSSIBLE DE LA QUANTITE D' ANTIBIOTIQUES UTILISES DANS L' ELEVAGE..
For years, Walmart banked
on its low prices to draw in customers, but as consumers grow concerned
about the ethics of those bargains, the chain is touting a new policy
it says will improve treatment of farm animals sold for meat.
The superstore released new regulations on Friday requesting that its
suppliers reduce their use of antibiotics in farm animals and provide
more humane treatment, including larger crates for pregnant sows, The
Associated Press reports.
Walmart’s recommendation comes on the heels of other major corporations, including McDonald’s, Tyson, and Costco,
beginning to phase out antibiotics in the meat they sell. While the
medicines are necessary to treat infections in humans, they’ve long been
fed to livestock—a problem federal regulators have struggled to curb
for decades. The use of antibiotics in meat can cause
major health issues. Misuse in healthy animals creates drug-resistant
bacteria that become much more difficult to treat in humans. As many as 23,000 Americans die annually from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Walmart has asked its suppliers to give antibiotics to livestock only
to prevent disease or treat illness, not in order to them fatten up—a
common practice on big farms. Store officials also want their farmers to
submit records of antibiotic use and post the use on their websites,
and have asked for regular veterinary checkups to prevent
Farm animals most commonly risk illness from unsanitary living
conditions, in which they’re exposed to germs in filthy, confined
quarters. Walmart’s new plans for more humane treatment have the
potential to decrease antibiotic use by making sure the animals don’t
get sick in the first place.