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Why You Should Be Concerned About Antibiotics in Chicken. Antibiotics have been given to farm animals since the 1940s to prevent disease and help the animals grow fatter, faster. Today, more than 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used on farm animals. However, in early 2017 the FDA banned the use of human antibiotics for the sole purpose of. Antibiotics are used sparingly in the chicken industry, and The National Chicken Council believes medically important antibiotics should only be used on the farm to treat and prevent disease – not administered to promote growth.

In fact, more than 50% of chicken production is now raised without any antibiotics ever. The debate on antibiotic use in animals still continues. Although there is no evidence that antibiotics in foods harm people directly, most agree that the over-use of antibiotics in food-producing. Why Are Antibiotics Used in Chicken Production? Shrink-wrapped on Styrofoam trays, fried and tucked into a biscuit or made into sausages and cold cuts, almost all chicken has the same origin: It comes from Cornish Cross chickens-white-feathered, chubby-breasted, docile birds that weigh 5 pounds in as little as 5 weeks.

The term antibiotic growth promotant is a misnomer. Antibiotics don’t help them directly grow bigger and they are not hormones. They treat intestinal ailments.

With more than 20,000 chickens in each chicken house, there is a high likelihood that they may get an intestinal ailment, such as Coccidiosis. As of April 2019, more than 50% of U.S. broiler chicken production is raised without any antibiotics. We understand that consumers have questions and concerns about how and why antibiotics are used to treat and prevent disease in livestock and poultry. We hope this information will help to answer those questions and address some of those concerns. Why Meat Raised Without Antibiotics Is Worth the Extra Cost Experts say the overuse of antibiotics on farms is making germs more drug-resistant as well as making our medications less effective.

Antibiotics do not create blandness, but they created the conditions that allowed chicken to be bland, allowing us to turn a skittish, active backyard bird into a. But if you also see a “raised without antibiotics” claim on a chicken or turkey product in addition to the USDA organic label, it means antibiotics. Representatives from every flock are tested for antibiotic residue.

That’s why they have the withdrawal period from seven to 14 days before the birds are processed, during which time the chickens are not given any antibiotics to make sure there is none in the meat. It’s a bit harder to say, whether antibiotic resistance is increasing.

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To minimize the potential for transfer to human, antibiotics should always be used properly when treating the diseases of chickens.

“Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production” by Donald D. Bell, William D. Weaver
from Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production
by Donald D. Bell, William D. Weaver
Springer US, 2012

This increased risk for infection in people who have received antibiotics for an unrelated reason may be related to alterations in gut microbial ecology, which predispose them to colonization and infection with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella isolates.

“Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book” by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita M.D. Stanton, Joseph St. Geme, Nina F Schor, Richard E. Behrman
from Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book
by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita M.D. Stanton, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011
from the poultry health perspective, the concern is that poultry pathogens will develop resistance to currently approved antibiotics.

“Diseases of Poultry” by Y. M. Saif, Aly M. Fadly, J.R. Glisson, L.R. McDougald, L.K. Nolan, David E. Swayne
from Diseases of Poultry
by Y. M. Saif, Aly M. Fadly, et. al.
Wiley, 2011

But due to recent improvements in husbandry, hygiene conditions, and farm management, bacterial diseases in poultry have been better controlled with less reliance on antibiotics.

“Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems” by Neal K. Van Alfen
from Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems
by Neal K. Van Alfen
Elsevier Science, 2014

The FDA has pulled two antibiotics widely used by poultry farmers because of the risk that antibiotic resistance to deadly campylobacter could be transferred to humans through eating the meat!

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

Antibiotics are used in the poultry industry to enhance growth and feed efficiency and reduce disease.

“Handbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality” by Leo M. L. Nollet, Terri Boylston, Feng Chen, Patti Coggins, Grethe Hydlig, L. H. McKee, Chris Kerth
from Handbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality
by Leo M. L. Nollet, Terri Boylston, et. al.
Wiley, 2012

Chickens develop faster in part because they’re fed growth-promoting antibiotics, but those drugs cause costly antibiotic resistance when they end up in our food and our waterways, making it that much harder for us to fight off a slew of sicknesses—and leading to more time in the doctor’s office.

“Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much And How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter” by David Robinson Simon
from Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much And How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter
by David Robinson Simon
Mango Media, 2013

However, related antibiotics are often used as growth promoters and to prevent or treat illnesses (particularly in poultry) and have been associated with the development of resistant strains in bacteria isolated from poultry and other food animals.

“Health & Drugs: Disease, Prescription & Medication” by Nicolae Sfetcu
from Health & Drugs: Disease, Prescription & Medication
by Nicolae Sfetcu
Nicolae Sfetcu, 2014

In particular, antibiotics in chicken feed appear to cause fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter, which is a concern because quinolones are a class of antibiotic used to treat humans.

“Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice” by Neal D. Fortin
from Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice
by Neal D. Fortin
Wiley, 2016

Antibiotics have been used in poultry diets for many years as growth promotants and as a prophylactic measure against necrotic enteritis in meat chickens.

“Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences” by C. Devine, Werner K. Jensen, Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman
from Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences
by C. Devine, Werner K. Jensen, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2004

Alexia Lewis RD

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  • Well eat organic meats and produce which have no antibiotics in them. Also colloidal silver cures superbugs studies have shown that. The best product to buy is sovereign silver because it is the smallest particle size,.8 nanometers and the purest silver 99.999 percent and pharmaceutical grade water when talking about purity here. It’s antiviral antibacterial anti fungus it’s the most antimicrobial substance known to man. God bless hope this helps