FDA puts use of antibiotics in livestock under a microscope

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Veterinarians are being asked to oversee their use to limit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Mnwriter54Jan. 7, 14 5:37 AM

Routine use of antibiotics has been known to be a bad idea for thirty-five years, at least. And it seems I read an article like this about once a year. I wonder how large are the campaign contributions of pharmaceutical companies.

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rnvhillJan. 7, 14 8:42 AM

In 1977 FDA knew feeding antibiotics to animals like this created resistant strains of bacteria and those bacteria were present in the farmers also. Agribusiness and Congress soon put the FDA in its place. Follow the advice of your friendly big agri business and cook your meat to proper temp and those pesky bacteria get killed. Besides with 70% of all antibiotic used in US being fed to animals in their feed (29.9 million pounds in 2011 vs 7.7 million going to humans who were actually sick) think of the impact to the drug firms if we stop this practice, they will lose their market - jobs will be lost! No, it is best we keep doing what we are doing and if we get more superbugs let big pharm come up with a new drug - that is how it works today. Sarcasm mode - off

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trudgeJan. 7, 1411:22 AM

Watch Frankensteer. No shots in Europe. I wont put the growth-hormone/antibiotic laced food in me or my kids. We buy a side of beef from local-grass-fed-organic farmer guy and saving money too.

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