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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Chinese Pig Manure

With one half of the world's pigs living in China, the discovery of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Chinese pig dung is cause for concern the world over.


Photo: Andreas Klinke Johannsen (Flickr)

Antibiotic use is widespread in U.S. livestock as well.

Researchers studying antibiotic use in Chinese swine have not only detected antibiotics in pig manure, but antibiotic resistant bacteria as well.

The findings appeared this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. One way the antibiotic-resistant microbes can enter the food supply is through water — by way of runoff from the farm. Researchers say as a result, this a global issue, not just a local one.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration put the responsibility on pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily reduce sales of antibiotics to farmers. Last year, however, sales of penicillins and tetracyclines for animal use doubled from previous years.

Read More:

  • Pig Manure Reveals More Reason To Worry About Antibiotics (NPR)
  • Global Health Threat Seen in Overuse of Antibiotics on Chinese Pig Farms (New York Times)
  • Animal Antibiotic Use Continues Upwards, USDA Keeps Blinders On (Huffington Post)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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