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USE OF ANTIBIOTICS A CAUSE FOR ALARM?

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Antibiotics are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. In the current world, they are being used on farm animals in large quantities. They are either injected directly into the animals, added to animal feeds or water.

Growth Promotion

The reasons linked to this practice norm include; promoting growth, reduction of mortality rate and increasing reproduction. Some of the animals that are given antibiotics include poultry, pigs and cattle.

Demand for antibiotics free animal products

However, the increasing demand for food products raised antibiotics free is growing at a fast rate.

Due to the sensitization that has been done by animal welfare organisations such as World Animal Protection on the harmful effects of antibiotics on both animals and humans, peoiple are starting to source for foods for animals raised naturally.

Antibiotics have been known to have dangerous effects on human life. They cause resistance of a bacteria known as super bug, making it difficult to respond positively to human antibiotics when they are ill.

What can be done?

The effect of antibiotics on both animals and humans can be minimized by taking the following precautions;

  • Raising animals free of antibiotics
  • As a consumer, always buy antibiotic free foods
  • Always ensure that your meat is cooked properly
  • Practice good food hygiene

 

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