Fight to curtail antibiotics in animal feed

Posted on January 29, 2008  Comments (1)

Fight to curtail antibiotics in animal feed

Consumer advocates have been campaigning for years to curb the use of antibiotics in agriculture, citing studies that show that 70 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are administered in low doses – not to treat disease, but to promote the growth of pigs, sheep, chicken and cattle.

But as early as 1963, British researchers tied the emergence of drug-resistant strains of salmonella in humans to antibiotics fed to cattle.

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One Response to “Fight to curtail antibiotics in animal feed”

  1. Andrew Reynolds
    January 29th, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    70%? That’s shocking. I try not to take anti-biotics from the Doctors if I can help it, but I never really thought about it working it’s way through the food chain to me. I guess it’s finally time to bite the bullet and start paying extra for organic meat….? Or are you going to tell me that that’s not all it’s cracked up to be either?

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