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Antibiotic use in poultry production is more common than previously thought

Sep 25, 2014

A special report published last week by Reuters after a review of more than 300 internal documents found that the practice of treating chickens with low doses of antibiotics as part of their daily feed is much more common than regulators had previously thought. The report found that large poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s [...]

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Hog workers bring home antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Sep 24, 2014

Workers exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an industrial hog operation in North Carolina were found to carry it with them for up to two weeks, according to a recent study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Livestock operations frequently add antibiotics to animal feed and water as a means of increasing growth and preventing [...]

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Decline in antibiotic use in livestock reduces antibiotic-resistant microbes

Sep 10, 2014

Widespread and indiscriminate feeding of antibiotics to livestock is commonplace in conventional farming systems, and has led to an increase in microbial antibiotic resistance in both livestock and humans. A recent article in Environmental Health Perspectives describes how Denmark is cracking down on the problem. For more than two decades Denmark has regulated the sale [...]

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American Medical Association seeks ban on agricultural antibiotic use

Jul 03, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in June calling for the ban of antibiotics used in animal farming for growth promotion. This large-scale, inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is quickly becoming a devastating epidemic. “Use drives resistance, and overuse drives resistance to happen [...]

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World Health Organization Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria are a Global Epidemic

Jun 12, 2014

A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that antibiotic-resistant resistance in bacteria is widespread around the world, presenting significant risk to human populations. The use of antibiotics in conventional animal rearing is identified as one contributor to the problem. Describing potential risk areas, the report calls for a global standardization of [...]

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Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Again Linked to Use of Antibiotics in Conventional Meat Production

Jun 05, 2014

  Another study has come out linking the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the use of antibiotics in conventional meat-rearing operations. The research, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, focused on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hog slaughtering and processing plants to look at how exposure was spread to plant workers, their household members, [...]

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Human Contraction of Anti-biotic Resistant Diseases Linked to Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms

Sep 18, 2013

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that antibiotic use on pig farms can lead to human infection with anti-biotic resistant bacteria.  The study looked at infection rates in Pennsylvania in areas near conventional pig farms, to determine if antibiotic resistant bacteria, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), were being transferred from pigs to [...]

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Threats of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

Sep 17, 2013

A new report by the CDC details the threats of antibiotic resistant diseases on the public.  One of the factors contributing to antibiotic resistance is the broad application of low doses of antibiotics in rearing animals.  This practice can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which can eventually make their way into [...]

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Antibiotic use linked to dangerous antibacterial-resistant bacterium

Aug 29, 2013

Researchers at The Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh recently found that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) originated in cattle. The study, which was published in mBio, reported that the jump from livestock to human hosts occurred over 40 years ago, likely through direct contact with livestock workers. This is one of the first studies [...]

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Use of antibiotics in chicken rearing leads to deaths from antibiotic resistant bacteria

Aug 07, 2013

Several strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria may have been caused by the large amount of antibiotic drugs given to chickens to control E.coli, according to a new study out of Europe.  The study reveals that as many as 1,500 people die a year across Europe from these superbugs. Infection rates of one particular strain, G3CREC, [...]

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