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Consumer Views On Antibiotics

What are the concerns of US consumers about the use of antibiotics in food animals?
What About Antibiotics Is A Concern?

There is continued discussion and debate on the use of antibiotics in food animals like cattle, pigs, and poultry. This comes on the heels of the World Health Organization's release of their Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014.

What is expressed, by some consumers, is a need to scale back on antibiotic prophylactic treatment in food animal agriculture. The World Health Organization suggests a better use and management of antibiotics across all animal species, including humans.

People can help tackle resistance by: using antibiotics only when prescribed by a doctor; completing the full prescription, even if they feel better; never sharing antibiotics with others or using leftover prescriptions.

Below is a snapshot of a conversation on Twitter for #FoodFri. This moderated conversation asked questions to the open public about how they feel and what actions are they taking to make change happen.

Also below are links to several presentation about the use of antimicrobial and antibiotics in agriculture.


Complete Twitter conversation for FoodFri on Antibiotics In Food and Agriculture.

  1. Why should moms be concerned about antibiotic overuse?
  2. How can antibiotic overuse on the farm impact people?
  3. Does antibiotic use on the farm mean that there are antibiotics in my meat?
  4. What labels can I trust if I want to buy meat raised on farms where antibiotics are used responsibly?
  5. How can consumers encourage responsible antibiotic use for farm animals?
  6. What has the government done to rein in antibiotic overuse for livestock production?
  7. Organic food is more expensive. What can I do on a tight budget?
  8. Is antibiotic resistance inevitable?
  9. What gives you hope in the fight against the overuse of antibiotics?


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