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Consumer Reports on antibiotics in food production


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Consumer Reports on antibiotics in food production

mcf | Jun 20, 2012 07:13 AM

Urvashi Rangan, director of Consumer Safety at Consumer Reports - an independent product-testing organization - explained the primary issue at hand is the use of antibiotics in animal production. She said the misuse of antibiotics is leading to a "public health crisis."

"We use actually 80 percent of the antibiotics we produce in this country every year on animal production," Rangan said on "CBS This Morning." "... Bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics, making it harder to treat diseases in people. ... You should use antibiotics for treating diseases, but do you need to feed it to healthy animals every day to promote growth and prevent disease - we don't think so."

Now that all the chickens have come home to roost, I hope strong regulation is put in place. I recall reading about this impending crisis in the NYT on 1985... it's not like it was difficult to foresee and allowed to happen anyway.

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