Antibiotics in Poultry Meat and Dairy Products
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Antibiotics in Poultry Meat and Dairy Products

You could take antibiotics when you are sick but farm animals like cattle, pigs and dairy animals get frequent dosage even though they are not sick to promote their faster growth and reproduction. How its affect human healths that eat their meat?

What’s this?

Antibiotics which are commonly used by humans are the same things being used to animals to ward off infections brought by diseases. To protect an animal they are being injected with antibiotic such as penicillin, tetracycline and others antibiotics which intended to be used in farm animals. It is estimates that 80 percent of antibiotics produced in the United States alone are use for non therapeutic purposes rather on large scale confinement on farms.

How does it work?

The drugs being used on the animals kill viruses or germs. Thus helping to avoid the epidemic hit animals in farms even in confinement situation. This helps farm owners to minimize loss when the animals died through sickness and stop the chances of the diseases to spread with the others livestock animals. Animals who directly receive livestock feed laced with antibiotics grow faster and healthy assuring farm owner of profits.

What does it promise?

Different ranges of antibiotics intended to be use for animal’s protection guarantee protection from diseases and lower infection to spread from others animals. However animals receive low dosage of antibiotic even though they have no diseases or no threat of infection. The practices been in protest by groups who never advocate the use of antibiotics in poultry and dairy farm for suspicious the meat tainted with antibiotics could still be ingested by humans affecting the health in general.

The verdict:

An animal being injected with antibiotics does not guarantee that it all safe to eat since in the long run animals may develop resistance to certain types of infection. Organizations who protest the use of antibiotics in animals believe that animals that develop resistance to antibiotics may pass along some bacterias which could pose health risk to humans. It is believe that a resistant version of bacterias which survives in poultry and dairy farm meats get into the platter then there is possibility that it would also be resistant to the antibiotics being used by man since it develop immunity from infection. This could result to food poisoning such as salmonella and campylobacter. As a safety method it is advice to cook thoroughly the poultry meat and dairy products to make sure any bacterias left on it is killed by heat from cooking. Consumers who are aware of the issues could still buy meat and dairy product at their local markets label organic meat or organic products that are antibiotics and hormones free. As assurance to the consumers, FDA officials will review first all antibiotics products solely used for animals farms before they get finally endorse on the markets after it thoroughly pass the stringent test.

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Comments (7)

One of the problems with anything that is injected into feed animals is biomagnification. There may be a small amount in each cow or chicken, but how much cow or chicken do humans eat in a year? Predator animals end up with much higher accumulations than prey animals because they recieve a small dose from each animal, which builds up.

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It should be monitor by the proper health authorities in charge who would handle the situation preventing the escalation of the problem at large scales. Thank you for your comments :-)

Chicken nowadays can be harvested in 25 days. Antibiotics lose their potency in 45 days. This means the harvested chickens have still lots of antibiotics, growth hormones, among others in them that can pose danger to human health.


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