Policy Biomedicine

Medical Consequences of Antibiotic Use in Agriculture

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Science  13 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5353, pp. 996-997
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5353.996

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Besides hospitals animal husbandry represents a large reservoir of transferable antibiotic resistance genes. Via food products resistant bacteria can easily reach humans. The current debate is above all concerning antibiotic use as growth promoters which can be gradually phased out by better animal performance.

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