05 Apr '11, 9pm

Will the U.S. hog industry ever kick its reliance on low-dose antibiotics? via @grist

Will the U.S. hog industry ever kick its reliance on low-dose antibiotics? via @grist

It is worth noting that recent Denmark data shows weaner mortality is significantly lower since the ISU study was published in 2003. Despite that fact, Hayes is correct. The therapeutic use of antibiotics has increased since the ban was instituted. According to the latest Danish Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Program (DANMAP) report [PDF], therapeutic antibiotic use rose by almost 13 percent from 2008 to 2009. DANMAP also found the occurrence of resistance in Danish pork increased during that time period, "and is not significantly lower than in imported pork." However, resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, an important antibiotic in human medicine, was very low in E. coli from Danish pork in contrast to imported pork. It is important to point out that therapeutic use poses much less antibiotic resistance risk than low-dose application. Do...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-04-05-wi...

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