Antibiotics in Food Production
Over 50 per cent of the world’s antibiotics are currently used in agriculture and this excessive use is contributing to the development of more antibioticresistant bacteria. Antibiotics are also overused in poultry and meat-producing animals. Routine use of antibiotics anywhere poses a health risk to everyone. Studies point out that even small amounts of antibiotics in animal feed can cause resistance in humans.
The germs that contaminate food can become resistant because of the use of antibiotics in people and in food animals. For some germs, like the bacteria Salmonella and Campylobacter, it is primarily the use of antibiotics in food animals that increases resistance. Because of the link between antibiotic use in food-producing animals and the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, antibiotics