It’s a major problem, and it’s as close as your refrigerator.

What are superbugs? How do they get into your food? It’s surprisingly simple.

It has been fairly common knowledge for years that using antibiotics, like penicillin or erythromycin, to treat less serious maladies in humans results in those antibiotics becoming less and less effective over time.

When a boxer gets hit in the face, he starts covering his face. That’s common sense.

When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics on a regular basis, they begin to develop new traits to protect themselves. That’s nature.

Soon you are faced with highly evolved bacteria that no antibiotic can fight.

Overuse of antibiotics is one cause of the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs that can turn up in your food.

Overuse of antibiotics to treat human illnesses is relatively uncommon.

But a staggering 80% of all the antibiotics used in the US are used on farm animals, often to compensate for crowded or unsanitary conditions. Those antibiotics, many experts believe, have fostered the development of new strains of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” And now we’re beginning to find that bacteria in our food supply.

That’s why cruel conditions for these animals is not just an issue of being humane – it’s an issue of being confident that the food you feed your family is safe.

It’s a big problem. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk to you and your family.

What can you do? Of course you should always exercise proper kitchen hygiene and make sure your meat is properly cooked. You can also try to shop smart.

Not every food company treats animals the same way.

Applegate conducts its business in a completely different manner. That business is bringing food to your table that is as safe as it is tasty.

Raising animals without antibiotics can be done, and it is being done.

All Applegate animals are raised with NO antibiotics. The company contracts with over 1,000 family farms that must adhere to standards that are among the most stringent in the food industry.

Everyone is at risk when antibiotics no longer work, but it’s children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems who are most susceptible to serious illness.

It’s incredibly important that we take steps to curb the tide of antibacterial resistance.

Applegate wants to be your partner in doing just that.

If you’re interested in learning more about this crisis, or taking action to fight it, please visit “Citizens Against Superbugs” on Facebook.