Journal Article

Antibiotic use in animals—prejudices, perceptions and realities

John Turnidge

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 53, issue 1, pages 26-27
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Antibiotic use in animals—prejudices, perceptions and realities

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Regulatory authorities have suspended the use of some antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed. The subject remains a hotly debated topic around the world. Controversy surrounds whether such use in animals presents a real risk of increasing resistance in human pathogens, and hence a human health problem. Views tend to be polarized. Proponents of the bans point to falling rates of resistance in animal and human isolates as a direct result; detractors question whether evidence exists for a link between growth promoter use and resistance in human pathogens and cite a decline in animal health among the undesirable effects. The article by Phillips et al. in this issue puts one view, this article aims to consider the merits of the arguments put forward by both sides and looks to a way forward.

Keywords: Keywords: antibiotics, animal husbandry, resistance

Journal Article.  1648 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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