Antibiotic resistance has become a hot topic in animal agriculture, due to new regulations as well as pressure from activist groups, retailers, foodservice companies and customers.
In a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Dr. Jennifer Wishnie, a veterinary public health expert, gave an overview of the growing interest, pressure and misunderstanding about antibiotics in animal agriculture, how farmers and ranchers are addressing changes on the farm due to new regulations, and how they can help to educate the public about the responsible use of antibiotics.
“Many consumers don’t realize that there is veterinary oversight on the farm,” said Dr. Wishnie. “This gives us opportunities to educate them on how antibiotics are used responsibly. When we use antibiotics, there is a potential for resistance to develop, so using them appropriately helps minimize this resistance.”
An additional concern, Wishnie said, is the confusion between antibiotic residues and antibiotic resistance, which are not the same.… Continue readingRead More »