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Mar 06, 2007

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Non-treehugger

Yes, if you do not want more antibiotic resistance then don't use the drug unless you have to. Why don't you tell that to the M.D.'s. It has been clear, that humans use twice the antibiotics that vets. and cattlemen do for years. You just need to get the right information. The last information I saw on drug usage showed that humans consumed twice the amount of pharmaceuticals that our food producing animals did in a years time.
So, I say get your facts straight and quit your complaining about the food industry and go to the source of the problem, the so-called real doctors.

chandru

"The last information I saw on drug usage showed that humans consumed twice the amount of pharmaceuticals that our food producing animals did in a years time."

I'd like a citation for that, since on the surface it cannot be right. We eat food all the time so even a small amount of residual antibitotics via the food supply will accumulate.

On the other hand, I've gone years without a prescribed antibiotic; I would guess that on the average most people get less than one prescription a year, so the statement above is curious.

Non-treehugger

About the small amount of antibiotic in food. Please, check with the F&DA, APHSIS, and AMDUCA for the milk outs and slaughter withdrawls of antibiotics and other drugs used by those of us in the food animal industry. I'm not saying everyone holds to the rules but, those that don't have a heavy price to pay. They test every load of milk and randomly test carcasses at all F&DA inspected slaughter plant in the United States. And testing has gotten more common place since Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis was found.

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