Just like we've been sayin' all along...
The Government Accountability Office released a report that stated there isn't sufficient evidence to warrant a study into a link between antibiotic use in food animals and antibiotic resistance in humans. Did you get that? Here, I'll say it again.
GAO said "these data [collected by USDA] lack crucial details necessary to examine trends and understand the relationship between use and resistance."
Haven't pork producers been saying this for quite some time? In a www.meatingplace.com release, NPPC has noted that pork producers have long been in compliance with responsible antibiotic use with veterinary supervision in order to keep their animals health and pork safe.
Need some more info? Read the whole piece here.
And if you're new to the antibiotic use scene, here are some crucial facts to help you better understand antibiotic use.
Antibiotics are given strategically – administered when pigs are sick, susceptible or exposed to illness.
Using antibiotics strategically ensures that the safest meat in the world ends up on America's dinner tables.
Only antibiotics approved by the FDA are used to treat pigs.
Human safety is a key component when considering animal antibiotic approval.
• Withdrawal times, or the number of days an animal must be removed from antibiotics before entering the food supply, ensure that antibiotics are not present in the animal’s system at the time of slaughter.
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Until next time,
~ Buzzard ~
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