Antibiotics, Bacteria, and Chickens

I’m sure happy I stopped eating chicken. Friday we learned about the arsenic-chicken feed connection. Pretty scary, right? And now, HealthDay News is reporting that antibiotic resistant bacteria can be found in chickens on antibiotic-free farms and even in chickens raised in pristine laboratory conditions. Robert Preidt explains:
Dr. Margie Lee, a professor in the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine, said her findings suggest that when poultry arrive at farms, they already harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which may be acquired as they're developing in their eggs.

This means that reducing or eliminating the use of antibiotics on poultry farms will have little or no impact on lowering rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can pose a threat to human health.

"The resistances don't necessarily come from antibiotic use in the birds that we eat, so banning antibiotic use on the farm isn't going to help. You have to put in some work before that," Lee said in a prepared statement.
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