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One Year Later: Hospitals move from ideals to action on “antibiotic-free” meat

Blog posted by Sapna Thottathil and Lucia Sayre on May 5, 2014

Last spring, the Academic Senate at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center passed a groundbreaking resolution: To stop purchasing meat that had been raised with non-therapeutic antibiotics. 

The Department of Nutrition and Food Services at UCSF Medical Center then faced a formidable challenge: How and from where could it purchase enough “antibiotic-free” meat to feed thousands of patients, staff, and visitors daily? Available supplies of such meat were limited, and hospitals’ existing supply chains offered few options. 

One year later, the hospital’s food service staff is at the helm of a coordinated effort to aggregate the sustainable meat demand of several health care facilities throughout California. Thus far, they have identified interest in purchasing over 80,000 pounds of antibiotic-free beef, representing 320,000 servings for hospital patients and cafeteria patrons, and this number is expected to increase.

Read complete blog on Health Care Without Harm site.

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