May 13, 2014

Antibiotic resistance confusion revealed in survey

A recent survey reveals that consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production. The survey was conducted online in March among more than 2,100 U.S. adults by Harris Poll for the American Meat Institute (AMI). When asked what the greatest contributing factor to human antibiotic resistance was, only 41 percent correctly answered “health professionals over-prescribing to people.” Eighteen percent thought use of antibiotics in livestock production was the number one contributing factor according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seven percent thought the CDC found antimicrobial hand sanitizers to be the biggest factor; five percent thought the answer was drinking water and 28 percent said they were unsure. Read More

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