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Living in a World of Decreasing Resources & Increasing Regulation: How to Advance Animal Agriculture (Continuation)

June 29, 2012

Last month we began discussing a white paper written by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. This is a membership‐driven organization that unites and advances animal agriculture. At a recent conference they addressed the topic “Living in a World of Decreasing Resources & Increasing Regulation: How to Advance Animal Agriculture.” There were some very interesting observations and comments highlighted within this white paper regarding antimicrobial usage.

 

Antimicrobial Use:

  • Increased pressure is being put on the U.S. government to address antibiotic use in animal agriculture production as some consumer and medical groups – plus certain anti-animal agriculture groups argue that use of antimicrobials in food animals creates “super bugs.”
  • Science doesn’t support a broad-based band of antimicrobials in food animals, and the risk analysis over the years suggests the risk to human health through this application is very, very small.
  • Any decision to withdraw approved of, or ban, any antimicrobial uses should be based on solid science and risk-based assessment, and not on anecdotal reports and speculation.
  • Individuals within animal agriculture should be proactive in communicating the industry’s judicious antibiotic use practices to consumers.
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