and blossoms, not fruit.
? Fungicides are used on fruits and vegetables more extensively than antibiotics, with about 26,000 tons used in the United States per year.
? Organic meat production may involve potentially higher safety risks due to prohibition of antimicrobial use; raising animals in an outdoor environment; longer growth periods; use of small slaughtering facilities.
? Bacteria in organic meat and poultry are likely more susceptible to antimicrobials because antimicrobials are prohibited in organic livestock production.
? The U.S. General Accounting Office has indicated that the elimination of antibiotics in pork production could increase costs to producers from $2.76 to $6.05 per animal, translating into increased consumer costs for pork from $180 million to over $700 million per year.
? A 10-year prospective analysis of a ban on feed additives for growth promotion for swine estimated that in the first year net profits would decrease $4.17 per head finished.
? A cattle study assumed that a ban of human-use antibiotics from use in animal growth promotion would result in a cost increase of 0.5% to 3.3% per pound of beef.
? It is estimated that 40,000 human illness-days per year are prevented by the continued use of an antibiotic to reduce bacterial illnesses within chicken flocks. For every day of human illness caused by antimicrobial use, an estimated 4,000 illness-days are prevented.
? The number of patients seen per hour by physicians is increasing due to increasing administrative demands; writing a prescription can serve as a termination strategy for an office visit.
Antimicrobial – Any compound, including antibiotics, food antimicrobial agents, sanitizers, disinfectants, and other substances, that acts against microorganisms.
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