Target: Costco CEO, W. Craig Jelinek
Goal: Thank Costco for its decision to sell only antibiotic-free meat.
The world’s second largest retail chain has announced plans to refrain from selling poultry and other meat treated with antibiotics. These efforts to protect human health and fight the antibiotic resistance crisis deserve attention and praise.
The overuse of antibiotics in poultry and meat has been an increasing issue in our food supply. Antibiotics are often added to animal feed to primarily mitigate the effects of unsanitary farming and food production and also to increase the fat content in these animals so they contain more meat. In fact, 70 percent of medically used antibiotics are used for livestock in the United States. Other antibiotics that are known to be dangerous to humans are even present in animal feed.
This is affecting human health by exposing humans to dangerous antibiotics, but also exposing them to antibiotics that are crucial to treating certain illnesses. This overuse has been starting to cause antibiotic resistance to individuals who regularly consume poultry and meat.
Costco is the most recent retailer to show concern about this issue, deciding to sell only antibiotic free meat and poultry. Although there is not a definitive time frame for removal, it is confirmed that Costco is working on a plan to phase out antibiotics.
It is very important that a retailer as large as Costco is making this positive change. As the second largest retail chain, Costco’s standards have enough power to influence this choices of other retailers and restaurants. This action will likely urge others to also refrain from antibiotic-fed poultry and meat, significantly improving the health and safety of food.
Please sign the petition below to thank Costco for their efforts to protect human food quality and safety.
Dear Craig Jelinek,
Thank you for your noble decision to stop using antibiotic-fed poultry and meat. Antibiotics are overused in meat to the point that it is becoming a very serious human health concern. Your actions will improve the health of many and be influential to many others.
Many of the antibiotics used in animal feed are known to be hazardous to humans. Others that are not hazardous are overused to the point that people are beginning to develop antibiotic resistances due to exposure to their food. Antibiotic consumption needs to be greatly reduced to ensure that medical antibiotics can continue to fight illnesses.
It is very important that a retailer as large as Costco has recognized this issue and is making such a positive change. As the second largest retail chain, Costco’s standards have enough power to influence this choices of other retailers and restaurants. This action will likely urge others to also refrain from antibiotic-fed poultry and meat, significantly improving the health and safety of food.
Thank you again for your honorable choices and we urge you to continue to make health conscious decisions in the future.
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