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Kristin Hanes

(KGO) -- Antibiotics are used regularly on factory farms, prompting the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.

That's why Calpirg is calling for strict regulations. 

KGO's Kristin Hanes reports that over 2 million Americans are hospitalized every year, and 23,000 people die because of anti-biotic resistant bacteria.

Garo Manjikian, a legislative analyst for the California Public Interest Research Group, says they tried to get a bill passed this year that would ban the sale of anti-biotic-treated meat in California, but it fell through.

Calpirg is working on a smilar bill for next year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a serious global threat. 

"Antibiotic resistance–when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections–is now a major threat to public health," reads a passage from WHO's website. 

The WHO report doesn't mention factory farms. It places the onus on people, asking us to stymie resistance by: 

  • using antibiotics only when prescribed by a doctor;
  • completing the full prescription, even if they feel better;
  • never sharing antibiotics with others or using leftover prescriptions.

By contrast, the CDC wrote in a 2013 report titled "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States" that "up to half of antibiotic use in humans and much of antibiotic use in animals is unnecessary and inappropriate and makes everyone less safe." 

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