Antibiotic Resistance Part II: Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

In part one of our four-part series on antibiotics, food blogger Alice Choi spoke with an expert about antibiotic resistance. While we know that the discovery and use of antibiotics represents one of the greatest human and veterinary medical advances in history, recent concerns about overuse have people wondering about the impact on human health of use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. For answers on antibiotic use in livestock production, Alice Choi visited with Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, DACVPM, with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Bender says that antibiotics are used in animals to treat, prevent and control diseases. Farmers work with veterinarians to determine proper dosages and frequency of use, as well as adequate withdrawal periods for antibiotics from the animal’s system prior to going to market.

Check out our video series on antibiotic resistance:

Antibiotic Resistance Part I: Trust Your Doctor

Antibiotic Resistance Part III: Navigating Food Labels

Antibiotic Resistance Part IV: Proper Kitchen Techniques

The image “Antibiotics” by Michael Mortensen is licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0.