Global Health Threat Seen in Overuse of Antibiotics on Chinese Pig Farms

Monday, February 18, 2013

As Europe continues to recoil at the “horseburger” scandal, focusing minds on the risks in long food-production chains, a new study has found that high use of antibiotics in Chinese pig farms is producing antibiotic-resistant genes that pose “a potential worldwide human health risk.”

The “unchecked” use of antibiotics in Chinese farms poses risks that “may spread worldwide through manure and fertilizer run-off,” according to an article in The Conversation, a journal funded by more than a dozen Australian universities.

Source: The New York Times (link opens in a new window)

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