Guide highlights Baltimore restaurants that serve antibiotic-free meats

Students at the Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Public Interest Research Group have released a new guide to local restaurants that serve meat raised without human antibiotics.

This guide, which lists 34 local establishments, was compiled to create awareness about drug-resistant bacteria and the threat of antibiotic resistance to human health, the groups said.

Available online, the guide is not all-inclusive; it’s based on a survey Maryland PIRG conducted and focuses on restaurants in Charles Village, Remington, Hampden, the downtown area, Fells Point and Belvedere Square.

Artifact Coffee, Charmington’s, Golden West Cafe, Paper Moon Diner and Modern Cook Shop, as well as several vendors in R. House, are just some of the spots on the list. In addition to locally owned restaurants, the guide mentions chain restaurants such as Chipotle, McDonald’s, Subway and Sweetgreen.

The release of the guide coincides with news Friday that KFC will phase out the use of antibiotics in its chickens by 2018.

The widespread use of antibiotics has made them less effective as bacteria have adapted to the drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2 million Americans become infected with drug-resistant bacteria each year, and more than 23,000 Americans die from those infections.

Maryland PIRG is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that lobbies against powerful interest groups. Stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is one of the organization’s priorities.

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