Publish Date: April 5, 2012
The use of antimicrobials is beneficial both for the health of the animal and for human health. There is an increased awareness about how the use of antimicrobials affects bacterial resistance to these products. Pork producers must properly handle and administer antimicrobials if they are to maintain public trust and the availability and effectiveness of these products. The industrys Pork Quality Assurance Program is an example of the proactive approach the pork industry has taken to enable the production of a safe, quality product.
Publish Date: June 3, 2006
There is currently increased scientific and public interest regarding the administration of therapeutic and subtherapeutic antimicrobials to animals, due primarily to the emergence and dissemination of multiple antimicrobial resistant zoonotic bacterial pathogens9,14. The recent isolation and detection of multi-drug resistant enterococci, Campylobacter and Salmonella typhimurium DT104 from animal sources or their immediate environment has recharged this debate1,8,9,13,14. Regardless it is clear that the use of antimicrobials (therapeutic and sub-therapeutic) in both animals and humans select for resistant bacterial populations. The question then becomes “are the populations of resistant bacteria observed in animals and humans independent or do they share a common pool with antimicrobial resistant bacteria in animals posing a threat to human health?”1,8.