New food rules felt on the farms

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2012 - 9:00 AM

Concern about human resistance has led to a push to limit antibiotic use in livestock. New FDA guidelines have the attention of Minnesota farmers.

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betseypApr. 4, 12 8:09 AM

"With increasing consumer demand for free-range turkeys, a whole new disease front has opened up, Nezworski said. Free-range birds are exposed to soil bacteria, and that means exposure to new pathogens, thus requiring antibiotic use." What a crock of bull. Who does this vet really work for? As a person who is allergic to some antibiotics, I would prefer we NOT make the diseases out there drug-resistant by giving everything with a heartbeat these kids of medicines "just in case". Its not about you all the time, farmers and ranchers. Its about us too.

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ccbeanApr. 4, 12 8:40 AM

I have a hard time with anyone who disagrees with "betseyp" statement. You either a rancher or a pharmaceutical rep. However, if the correct steps were taken to give these creatures a clean healthy environment with fresh water and life sustaining nourishment; we wouldn't have to use all these meds for animals and people.

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beebee82Apr. 4, 12 8:48 AM

About time! 99.99 percent of all food-born illnesses can be prevented by properly washing fruits and vegetables and cooking meat to the appropriate temperatures. On the producer side, keep clean workplaces and sanitary employee practices should be more than sufficient. We don't need antibiotics in our turkey or ammonia in our beef.

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jshutchinsApr. 4, 12 9:20 AM

With Dr. Nezworski one has to consider the source. Her preceptorships and employment history has followed the path of large agribusiness community. The enormous use of antibiotics within large scale factory agribusiness operations is a reaction to how these animals and birds are produced. There are many small to medium sized operations that employ sustainable practices that require no antibiotic use. The use of antibiotics should be reactive not proactive.

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vampress_meApr. 4, 12 9:43 AM

betseyp - I don't know what you are basing your information on, but there are bacteria that can be in the soil and then infect animals. Look up strangles, which is an infection horses can get, on the internet as an example. The strangles bacteria (Streptococcus equi) can be passed to a healthy horse grazing where an infected horse had been grazing. My information is based on fact and experience, so no, the vet's statement was not "a crock of bull". I do agree with you however on the mis-use of the antibiotics for meat building on the birds, that is just plain wrong and should be ended now. Not by the FDA waiting almost 40 years to get their act together!

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mn1nativeApr. 4, 12 9:49 AM

Looks like we have a lot of experienced farmers here today. I agree that with the cost of the drugs, they would not use them unless they were needed. Interesting to know that the supposed superior free range birds are prone to more disease. I guess people do things for a reason!

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quigdraApr. 4, 12 9:52 AM

If there are 250 "Farms" producing 49 million birds the the title of the production location then becomes Agribusiness Pharming, Far from anything history has known to be a "Farm". These numbers have become to great for anyone to be familiar with healthy standards.

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elind56Apr. 4, 1210:35 AM

Based on the how the "Pink Slime" debacle went down, all the vegans need to do in order to further their agenda is assign some scary sounding names for the methods used in raising livestock and get the shills on the networks to repeat it ad-nauseum. Antibiotics? That word simply doesn't generate the required level of hysteria. "Organic Ooze" would be much more effective. Nobody's buying anything that's been fed or treated with "Organic Ooze".

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llemkeApr. 4, 1210:41 AM

Man, I'm tired of people pissing and moaning about "Big Ag"-this-and-"evil producers"-that...while they stuff their mouths full of those hideous products "Big Ag" and the "evil producers" create. Those same complainers are the people who have zero knowledge about anything concerning a chicken barn, turkey barn, hog barn or cattle barn. It's pretty simple people. If you don't like where your food comes from, grow it yourself. .....On the subject of antibiotics, I think the general public needs to be more concerned with the over-prescription of antibiotics they put into their own bodies & those of their children every time they experience the sniffles or some other bug that just needs to run its course, more so than what they might get in their chicken dinner.

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elind56Apr. 4, 1210:55 AM

jshutchins said: "There are many small to medium sized operations that employ sustainable practices that require no antibiotic use."-------------------------Yes, but due to much higher production costs, their products are prohibitively priced for many of us. Not to mention that all this hysteria over antibiotics and other standard farm practices harming humans is speculative at best. In the meantime, cancer rates continue to decline and average lifespan continues to increase.

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