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Guess What Drugs and Illegal Substances Are Showing Up in Chicken? | Care2 Causes

Guess What Drugs and Illegal Substances Are Showing Up in Chicken? | Care2 Causes

In 2005, the antibiotic fluoroquinolone was banned by the FDA for use in poultry production. The reason for the ban was an alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant campylobacter bacteria in the meat of chickens and turkeys – “superbugs,” which can lead to a lethal form of meningitis that our current antibiotics are no longer effective against. Antibiotic-resistant infections kill tens of thousands of people every year, more than die of AIDS, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America. This problem is on the rise because antibiotics are recklessly overused, especially in the commercial livestock industry, where 80% of all antibiotics manufactured in the US end up. Fluoroquinolone used to be fed to chickens primarily to stimulate their growth. But why did the banned substance show up recently in eight of 12 samples of “feather meal”, the ground-down plumage lef...

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