Is anyone paying attention to antibiotic resistance? You might wonder during lulls between headlines whether others share your concern about antibiotics working when you or your kids need them. Don’t be concerned. All may seem quiet, but beneath the surface is a worldwide network of agencies and programs keeping close watch and working to address antibiotic resistance.
I am deeply troubled by the increasing call to eliminate the use of antibiotics to prevent disease in animals. As a veterinarian focused on the health of animals, I can say without question that if we lose the ability to use antibiotics for prevention purposes, more animals will die.
Eating meat that contains antibiotics? Despite the number of questions on this topic asked on Google, it’s not a problem. That’s because safeguards, which start on the farm and extend into the processing plant, are in place to ensure meat doesn’t contain unsafe drug residues, including from antibiotics.