The Label List: Are There Antibiotics in Your Meat?

Before your next supermarket trip, consult this list of brands to find out which ones use or don’t use human or animal antibiotics in their meats.

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Reports from the World Health Organization in the past year have raised valid concerns about the safety of processed meats and poultry in markets and restaurants today. Antibiotic-resistant viruses and superbugs in animals can potentially travel via the food chain or the environment onto our dinner plates. Consumer Reports recently investigated the rise of superbugs in America’s meats and poultry and shared their findings with us. Before your next supermarket trip, consult this list of brands to find out which ones use or don’t use human or animal antibiotics in their production process.

Watch: Dr. Oz Explains the Concerns of Using Antibiotics in Meat

Brands That Ban Antibiotics for Both Disease Protection and Growth Promotion

  • Applegate (Hormel)
  • Aspen Ridge (JBS)
  • Bell and Evans chicken
  • Clear River Farms (JBS)
  • Coleman Natural (Perdue)
  • Foster Farms, Simply Raised
  • Gerber's Amish Farm
  • Nature Raised Farms - Beef (Tyson Foods)
  • Nature Raised Farms - Chicken (Tyson Foods)
  • Niman Ranch (Perdue)
  • Open Prairie Natural Angus (Tyson Foods)
  • Perdue Harvestland
  • Smart Chicken (Tecumseh Farms)
  • Strauss

Brands That Use Antibiotics for Disease Prevention

  • 1855 Black Angus
  • 5 Star Beef (JBS)
  • Angus Pride (Cargill)
  • Black Canyon Angus Beef (National Beef Packing Co.)
  • Blue Ribbon Beef (JBS)
  • Butterball
  • Foster Farms, Fresh & Natural
  • Hatfield (Clemens)
  • Honeysuckle White (Cargill)
  • Hormel Foods
  • Meadowland Farms (Cargill)
  • National Beef (National Beef Packing Co.)
  • Perdue chicken (Bans use of human antibiotics, but allows use of animal antibiotics (e.g., ionophores) for disease prevention.)
  • Pilgrim's (JBS)
  • Sanderson Farms
  • Shady Brook Farms (Cargill)
  • Smithfield
  • Sterling Silver (Cargill)
  • Swift (JBS)
  • Tyson Foods - beef and pork
  • Tyson Foods - chicken

Brands That Use Antibiotics for Growth Promotion

  • 5 Star Beef (JBS)
  • Angus Pride (Cargill)
  • Black Canyon Angus Beef (National Beef Packing Co.)
  • Hormel Foods
  • Meadowland Farms (Cargill)
  • National Beef (National Beef Packing Co.)
  • Sanderson Farms
  • Smithfield (Bans use of human antibiotics, but allows use of animal antibiotics for growth promotion.)
  • Sterling Silver (Cargill)
  • Tyson Foods - beef and pork

Brands That Use Other Drugs (Hormones, Steroids, Beta-Agonists, Etc.) for Growth Promotion

  • 1855 Black Angus
  • 5 Star Beef (JBS)
  • Angus Pride (Cargill)
  • Black Canyon Angus Beef (National Beef Packing Co.)
  • Blue Ribbon Beef (JBS)
  • Hatfield (Clemens)
  • Hormel Foods
  • Meadowland Farms (Cargill)
  • National Beef (National Beef Packing Co.)
  • Smithfield
  • Sterling Silver (Cargill)
  • Swift (JBS)
  • Tyson Foods - beef and pork

For more information and a full list of brands visit consumerreports.org

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