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November 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Food labeling shows the danger of antibiotics in livestock

Restrict the use of unnecessary drugs

Guest columnists David Ramenofsky and Paul Pottinger gave a good accounting of the dangers of antibiotics in livestock and the food chain [“Label meat and dairy from livestock treated with antibiotics,” Opinion, Nov. 25].

We should also be reminded that the deadly bacteria that grows from these animals spread well beyond the feedlot and slaughterhouse.

On top of the food poisoning incidents tied to wholesale and retail meats are the cross-contaminated vegetables and fruit. For instance, cantaloupes, spinach and bean sprouts have been contaminated from a water table infected from nearby livestock operations.

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October 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Factory-farmed fish tastes better, but is not healthier

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, whole fish and filets lie on ice at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Taste test overlooks Factory-farmed fish are penned in close quarters, are fed an unnatural diet and treated with antibiotics similar to other factory-farmed animals. But they do get fatter, and a…

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