Cut Back on Antibiotic Use!
The FDA has concern that the loading up of animals on antibiotics before slaughter is linked to growing antibiotic resistance among humans. Farmers say the antibiotics are necessary as the livestock enters the food chain, forget the fact that one of the effects of the drugs is to fatten up the animals. Health activists say the antibiotics are way over-utilized to begin with and the use should be curtailed even more.
The key drug category in question is the cephalosporins and go by the trade names of Cefzil and Keflex among others. In the farming world these drugs are used in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys before slaughter. In humans Cephalosporins are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, such as respiratory tract infections (pneumonia, strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis), skin infections and urinary tract infections. They are sometimes given with other antibiotics. Cephalosporins are also commonly used for surgical prophylaxis – prevention of bacterial infection before, during, and after surgery.
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