Got a cold? Forget Z-Pack, eat a hamburger.
According to an infographic created by Pew Charitable Trusts, human antibiotic use has leveled off at 7.7 million pounds, while antibiotics sold for meat and poultry products has reached a record level of 29.9 pounds in 2011. That’s almost four times as much.
Translation: nearly four-fifths of antibiotics used in the U.S. are being routed into the livestock industry, Mother Jones reported.
The infographic is based on the latest data released by the FDA in 2011.