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With all the negative publicity that the livestock industry must endure in using antibiotics, it is gratifying to find groups that provide reason and truth rather than rhetoric
Source is the center for Accountability in Science. On its website, visitors can take a quiz to test their knowledge of the role of antibiotics in human and animal health. The five questions summarize the most important facts about antibiotics. Here is one of them:
"The main driver of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans is the overuse of antibiotics used in farm animals."
The answer is of course wrong
Here is the accompanying explanation:
"Although many farms use many antibiotics, many people are never or rarely prescribed." Thirty percent of the antibiotics used on farms come from a class called ionophores, There is no strong evidence that antimicrobial resistance in humans is associated with antibiotics in livestock. "Although Denmark has very strict limits on the use of antibiotics in livestock, it is said that" meat intake is currently considered to be an insignificant source of human infection, "which cause food-borne diseases such as E. coli." Three recent studies show that only 0.27 percent of antibiotic-resistant E. coli infections with meat 99.73 percent of this infection associated with the use of antibiotics in humans.
Many Available Resources
The center provides excellent resources on many topics related to nutrition and agriculture, as well as experts for more information. Dr. Joseph Perrone, the Center's Chief Science Officer, is available for interviews on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic resistance, and continues to provide thought-provoking impulses. Perrone served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and was a member of the WHO's Diagnostic Steering Committee. He wrote a few years ago in The Hill about steps to combat superbugs, explained the problem of antibiotic resistance and why the main problem is in the human population ̵
Perrone is a rational voice of sanity in the wild of false news and false health prophets. Last summer, he wrote a statement in the Orange County Register, arguing that "if personal bias underscores public health policy decisions, everyone loses."
Part of the problem is that when people go to the doctor, they want something – everything – to make them feel better.
"When sick patients go to the doctor and bring out $ 10 or more in copays, they do not expect to go empty-handed," Perrone says. "Numerous physician surveys show that doctors feel compelled by patients to prescribe antibiotics even when they are not needed."
The Food Insight Organization interviewed Terry Dwelle, Health Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Health, who shared both perspectives on Public Health and Agriculture
Like Perrone, he noted that "inappropriate prescribing" is a major cause for both humans and animals the resistance is. He says: "Veterinarians and pet owners continue to take proactive measures to reduce the use of antibiotics, and doctors have also made progress, also in the face of pressure from patients to prescribe antibiotics."
The following examples published in Emerging Infectious Disease illustrate patients' perceptions of antibiotics in patient care:
- 12% of Americans have recently taken antibiotics
- 27% believed they could take antibiotics during a cold
- 32% thought they were taking antibiotics during a cold, prevented a more serious disease
- 48% expected antibiotics for a cold
- 58% are unaware of the health risks of antibiotics
The International Food Information Council Foundation produces the Food Insights FACTS Network, whose mission is to "scientifically sound information about health To communicate nutrition and food safety for the public good ".
Food Insights published an interview with Dr. Ing. Justin G. Bergeron, who at the time was based at the Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota (CAHFS). When asked what consumers should know about the use of antibiotics in animal production, Bergeron said:
"It's important to remember that antibiotics are important to the health and well-being of an animal. When people are ill, Animals need not be superheroes, they occasionally get sick and injured by everyday life, just like us, in which case it is important to treat the animals properly and If necessary, give antibiotics to them, then remove animal milk and meat from the food system until the antibiotics have completely eliminated the animals' systems. "
Perhaps this should be the" elevator speech "of each manufacturer when asked why you are taking antibiotics use.
2018 Food and Health Survey is an interesting study on topics such as health and nutrition, food components, food production and food safety. In addition, new topics such as food insecurity, diets and eating habits as well as the comparison of diets with nutritional guidelines and expert recommendations are treated. You can read how, while the majority of consumers in our food supply are confident, there are still potential safety risks that affect their choices.
On the Food Insight website, "this year's survey has shown that consumer confidence in the US food supply grew, with 68 percent of consumers claiming they were convinced by the food supply in 2018, compared to 61 percent in the US Year 2017.
You Can Help
It is important for you as a producer that you know both animals and help human health experts diligently in spreading a balanced understanding of the antibiotic issue to consumers.
But it's not enough, you can help as well.
Every time you talk to your non-farm friends, healthcare providers, children's teachers, or anyone else, share the facts about antimicrobial resistance Encourage them to realize that everyone is committed to using antibiotics responsibly to their health to protect and preserve humans and animals.