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Harmful bacteria getting stronger






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A new report says people could be in danger from superbugs if they eat rare and undercooked meat. Researchers looked at how antibiotics in food are making bugs stronger. The use of antibiotics in agriculture is making bugs stronger and resistant to our medicines. The huge amount of antibiotics in farming could be dangerous to people's health. Researchers said farmers should reduce the amount of antibiotics they give to their animals. This is important if we want to make sure that our life-saving medicines still work well.

The researchers want strict targets to reduce the antibiotics given to farm animals. The head of the research said: "I find it [unbelievable] that in many countries, most of the consumption of antibiotics is in animals, rather than humans. This creates a big risk for everyone." He added that people could get ill from superbugs if they ate meat that was rare or undercooked. His advice is for people to make sure they cook meat properly. He said if people did not cook meat well, they should be aware of where the meat comes from.

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