11 Aug '11, 12pm

Organic Poultry Contains Dramatically Fewer Drug Resistant Bacteria

Organic Poultry Contains Dramatically Fewer Drug Resistant Bacteria

Photo Credit: Amy R. Sapkota, University of Maryland Results of a new study show that poultry raised on farms that have shifted to organic practices have significantly lower levels of antibiotic- and multi-drug resistant enterococci bacteria.Use of antibiotics in conventional animal food production has been linked to the rise in strains of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to one or multiple antibiotics. The results suggest that removing antibiotic use from large-scale poultry farms in the US “can result in immediate and significant reductions in antibiotic resistance for some bacteria,” according to “Lower Prevalance of Antibiotic-resistant Enterococci on U.S. Conventional Poultry Farms that Transitioned to Organic Practices,” published in the August 10 online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives . We initially hypothesized that we would see some differe...

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