Dose to Dinner Plate: Congress Examines Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Publication: Public News Service


07/15/2010 - Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise in the U.S., and Congress is taking a look at a possible link between this trend and the routine use of low-dose antibiotics in livestock and poultry feed.

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Veterinarian Dr. Gail Hansen, a senior officer with the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, was one of those who testified on this potential before a U.S. House committee Wednesday. She has spent time in Denmark researching the costs and implications of that country's ban on non-medical use of antibiotics in food animals and says the U.S. could set similar policies.

"I'm confident that U.S. farmers and ranchers can work with veterinarians, researchers and others, in this country, to help protect public health from the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production."

Read the full article, Dose to Dinner Plate: Congress Examines Antibiotic Use in Livestock on the Public News Service Web site.

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