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Do Antibiotics in Animal Feed Pose a Serious Risk to Human Health?

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  • In the US, animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are also continuously given low-dose antibiotics in their feed because it makes the animals get bigger faster
  • In other parts of the world, such as the European Union, the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed has been banned for years
  • Routine antibiotic use in animal food production is likely worsening the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant disease
  • A recent study showed industrial pig workers were found to be carrying pig MRSA, a type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- and that farmers at pig farms that use antibiotics are more likely to contract MRSA from the pigs than workers at antibiotic-free farms

By Dr. Mercola

In countries such as Denmark, antibiotics are used only sparingly on farms, to treat animals that are sick – a novel concept in the US, where antibiotics are used to prevent disease in healthy animals (the farmers simply ‘assume’ the animals are going to get sick otherwise, given their deplorable living conditions).


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