Many livestock groups say there's no evidence that antibiotics in livestock feed have caused a human health problem, but researchers beg to differ.
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February 21, 2012 Researchers have shown how a bacterium resistant to antibiotic treatment passed from humans to pigs to humans. And now the new resistant human bug appears to be spreading beyond people with direct exposure to livestock.
Go ahead and blow, but resist the antibiotics for a typical sinus infection.
February 14, 2012 People who got an antibiotic to treat common sinus infections didn't have milder symptoms or see those symptoms go away faster than those who got a placebo. Treat the symptoms with decongestants and other remedies, but avoid the antibiotics, researchers say.
Chickens in a mechanized hatchery, in Monroe County, Alabama.
January 4, 2012 When livestock producers overuse antibiotics, the drugs can help breed resistant bacteria, or superbugs, that have infected tens of thousands of people. The FDA wants to stop that, but its announcement today only restricts one class of drugs out of the many used on animals.
Adrian Mesa protests the overuse of antibiotics in meat production outside a Burger King in Coral Gables, Fla. in 2003.
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December 23, 2011 Back in the 1970s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grew increasingly concerned about the casual use of antibiotics in livestock production. Now, in the quiet days before Christmas, the agency quietly withdrew a proposal to regulate the industry's use of the drugs.
A vendor at a fish market in Hong Kong.
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November 11, 2011 Seafood inspections aren't geared to catch drug residues from fish farms, leaving consumers in the dark on whether dinner contains drugs that could cause antibiotic resistance and cancer. A new study says there's no way to tell how big the problem is, given the lack of oversight.
September 22, 2011 After years of avoiding sticky topics like antibiotic use in livestock, an industry-initiated dialogue aimed at transparency, nobody things it will resolve all the controversial issues. But it's a start.
September 21, 2011 Here in the U.S., we're doing better than average when it comes to antibiotic-resistant pneumonia with a resistance score of 19, compared with, say, Greece, which gets a 90 on a scale of 100, which is the worst.
No chicken, organic or conventionally raised, is completely free of pathogens.
August 10, 2011 Bacteria resistant to antibiotics used in meat production can make their way to humans through the meat itself and the environment — like waterways contaminated with runoff. But one study found that there were fewer of these bacteria on organic farms.
A truckload of live turkeys arrives at the Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., on Aug. 4. Most turkeys in the U.S. are given low doses of antibiotics, which breed resistant strains of bacteria, including Salmonella.
August 5, 2011 The most troubling aspect of the latest Salmonella outbreak, according to some food safety critics, is that the strain that's making people sick is resistant to several antibiotics. But contaminated meats can't be recalled until they actually cause illness.
February 10, 2011 Do antibiotics teach us about evolution? This link to a PBS program makes the connection clear.
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