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New Figures Show Antibiotic Use in Animals Up to 80 Percent Now

The U.S. FDA revealed not long ago that most antibiotics sold and distributed in the United States were used on livestock.  Twenty-eight million pounds of antibiotics were used on agricultural animals, compared to just over seven million pounds for humans.

U.S. representative Louise Slaughter, the only microbiologist currently serving in Congress, recently confirmed these numbers.  She is now working on legislation for reducing the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture -- a proposed law called The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).

Care2 reports:

“A study ... found that 49 percent of hogs and 45 percent of farm workers observed had a new strain of MRSA, a type of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. The farms studied routinely use antibiotics on their animals.”

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