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TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted October 15, 2010 09:57
____ I am asking this question after reading this article.

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Disease/antibiotic_use_linked_to_breast_cancer_1510100718.html


____ I know that Drs. always warn about over prescribing AntiBiotics to patients, but what about food producers, Chicken farmers routinely give chickens antibiotics to speed up the growth cycle, a chicken is ready for market in sixty percent of the time it took when I was young. So my question is how much residue is still in that chicken nugget????
 
GrumpySteen
Member # 170
 - posted October 15, 2010 10:18
Virtually none.

The antibiotics given to farm animals are given in low dosages... much lower than would be used to treat an infection. Before the animal goes to slaughter, they are required to go through a withdrawal period that's determined by the specific antibiotic that they've been given. The withdrawal period allows the antibiotic to be metabolized/excreted.

The problem with antibiotics in livestock is not that they make it into our food supply. It's that the low dosages encourage the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens.
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted October 15, 2010 10:51
____ GS, and that is the point I am trying to make.

The problem with antibiotics in livestock is not that they make it into our food supply. It's that the low dosages encourage the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens
 
Ashitaka
Member # 4924
 - posted October 15, 2010 11:30
0.15 ug/day is the maximum limit for the most toxic stuff you can think of to be in your food.

I would bet though for antibiotics, that the limit is much higher as antibiotics are usually (relatively) non-toxic.
 
GrumpySteen
Member # 170
 - posted October 15, 2010 12:06
TheMoMan wrote:
that is the point I am trying to make.

Really? Because questions like "how much residue is still in that chicken nugget????" have absolutely nothing to do with antibiotic resistance and neither does the article that you linked. Both seem to indicate that you were far more concerned about the direct effects that antibiotics have on you rather than the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens.
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted October 15, 2010 17:12
____ GS, I have found that the direct question often gets blown off, where if coming in at a tangent sometimes works better. By the way tonight on CBS news, a story about Super Bugs.

____ I also think that the growth hormones given to the US Cattle herds makes its way into the food chain. At least that is the way I explain my size, its my story, and I'm sticking to it.
 
CyberGoddess
Member # 147
 - posted October 15, 2010 19:11
To me, the larger concern is what we've done to put the animals in the position to need those antibiotics by cramming them into CAFOs where they wallow in their own feces eating food they were never meant to eat (e.g. corn).
 




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