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Monday, February 18, 2013

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

Source: The New York Times

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.

 

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