News last update:6 Aug 2012

US consumers want ban in-feed antibiotics

The consumer advocate group Keep Antibiotics Working is pushing for a U.S. ban on the use of antibiotics in farm animal feed.

The group cited studies showing that 70% of all U.S. antibiotics are administered in low doses to promote the growth of pigs, sheep, chicken and cattle, boosting their speed of food-to-muscle conversion by 5%.

This use of antibiotics also runs the risk of breeding resistant bacteria, threatening the future of these drugs for use in animals and humans.

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Source: upi.com

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