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This whole idea of the FDA banning atibiotic use bothers me because I operate a small farm and I don't want the added cost, and delay of treatment, from having to get a vet to approve my usage of antibiotics on my animals. I also expect that these large factory farms will find ways around dealing with this by getting "blanket" perscriptions or something, and nothing will really change except the cost of doing business, and the cost of meat at the store... Oh, and a bigger FDA.
1 posted on 04/16/2012 8:51:18 AM PDT by Sopater
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The problem here is not the treatment of sick animals. It is giving antibiotics at “sub-therapuetic” levels to all the animals, sick or not.

It really is a bad idea. Any widely used antibiotic will eventually cause bacteria to develop resistance, but using them when not really necessary to treat disease accelerates the process considerably.

People have forgotten how devastating bacterial infections used to be. Personally I’ve had at least three that 100 years ago would have either killed me or led to a limb amputation. We are in essentially a race between our ability to develop new antibiotics and the ability of bacteria to evolve resistance.

In the long run, put your money on the germs. But that’s no reason to handicap ourselves by using these drugs when they aren’t needed.


2 posted on 04/16/2012 9:10:55 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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> the third-largest recall of meat in USDA’s records—thanks to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in ground turkey.

Why do they have to call it salmonella?
Before WW2, there was a disease caused by the Salmonella bacteria. It was called Typhoid. If a butcher shop or restaurant was found to have typhoid, people would avoid it (or in some cases, burn down the building). Typhoid Mary was locked up.
Now, with everything PC and Democrats defining our words, we have salmonella. It’s just a little food poisoning folks, nothing to see here, move along.


4 posted on 04/16/2012 9:31:31 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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