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September 16, 2014

NCC responds to Reuters article about antibiotic use in chicken industry

The National Chicken Council (NCC) used today’s article by Reuters as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the majority of antibiotics approved for use in raising chickens are not used in human medicine, and those that are will be phased out for growth promotion purposes by December, 2016.

“We understand the concern about the use of antibiotics in farm animals and recognize our responsibility to ensure they are properly used for the right reasons to protect the health of animals, humans and the food supply,” said Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., NCC vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, in response to a Reuters article today about antibiotic use in the poultry industry.

“All antibiotics used to prevent and treat disease in chickens are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The majority of these antibiotics are never used in human medicine and therefore represent no threat of creating resistance in humans,” Peterson said.  Read More

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