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Study finds antibiotic resistance in poultry even when antibiotics were not used

es is what's known as vertical transfer ?from parent to child ?of bacteria carrying resistance genes. In short, the birds may come to the farm harboring antibiotic resistant bacteria.

"This issue of antibiotic resistance is more complicated than once thought," Lee said. "These findings suggest that banning antibiotics at the farm level may not be as effective as assumed. We need further studies to identify which management practice would be effective"

Lee stresses that for consumers, the advice on poultry is the same that it's always been. Cook meat thoroughly and use proper food handling and preparation techniques ?washing your hands regularly and keeping other foods away from raw chicken, for example ?to minimize the risk of illness.

"All foods have the potential to contain pathogens ?all of them," Lee said. "There's no substitute for good food handling and preparation."


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Source:University of Georgia


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