Here is an enlightening article we found on a small town Indiana press site called The Republic:

Meat with antibiotics off the menu at some hospitals
By Monica Eng Chicago Tribune
Posted: July 23, 2010
CHICAGO — The evening’s menu featured grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef over pasta, fresh seasonal vegetables and fresh organic peaches — items right at home in the city’s finest restaurants.

But instead, the dishes were prepared for visitors, staff and bed-bound patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

The Chicago-area hospital is one of 300 across the nation that have pledged to improve the quality and sustainability of the food they serve, not just for the health of their patients but, they say, the health of the environment and the U.S. population.

For many of these institutions, the initiative includes buying antibiotic-free meats. Administrators say they hope increased demand for those products will reduce the use of antibiotics to treat cattle and other animals, which scientists believe helps pathogens become more resistant to drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that antibiotic-resistant infections kill 60,000 Americans a year.

Although the U.S. doesn’t keep national records on antibiotic use in animals, the Pew Charitable Trusts estimate that up to 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are administered to healthy animals to speed growth and compensate for crowded living conditions. Some of these drugs, such as penicillin and tetracycline, are also used to treat sick people.

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We have often complained (sometimes here on this site!) about the poor nutritional balance and quality of most hospital food. This sounds like a positive step forward.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie

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