In other words, "Is the meat I buy safe to eat?"
I asked my question to Andrea Veldhuizen, a Chicken Farmer from the Niagara Region in Ontario. Featured in today's Toronto Star and Metro Toronto newspapers, here is the answer from Andrea below:
Q: Are there antibiotics in meat?
I'm curious and and (admittedly) a bit confused about the labels around antibiotics and food lately. I figured the best place to start is to ask a farmer why they even use antibiotics.
Michelle Jaelin, Registered Dietitian, Toronto
A: It's a simple question with lots of complicated answers.
I work hard caring for my animals, which includes keeping them healthy. A veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics if sick chickens need treatment, but that's rare. If we do have to treat, we follow strict withdrawal times to ensure no residues are in our meat. My family eats the same food yours does and we take our commitment to caring for chickens and producing healthy, affordable food seriously.
Andrea Veldhuizen, Chicken Farmer, Niagara Region
While on their trip, Tim receives a text message from Steven saying that one of the young moms was delivering her first calf.
The full story is in today's Toronto Star and Metro Toronto newspapers.
This week from October 3rd-9th 2016 is also Ontario Agricultural Week, celebrating local Ontario food! You can join the chat on social media with #loveONTfood. Any questions can also be asked with #loveONTfood, or you can tweet @FarmFoodCareON to have your questions on farming and agriculture answered!
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored. My question and thoughts are genuine, and are meant to bring clarity to the public on farming and agriculture. As a registered dietitian, I stand for science, and hope readers learned something new from my writing and questions.