Antibiotic Use in Livestock Tied to Drug-Resistant Infections

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On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a link between antibiotics given to livestock and the increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections in people. At least 70 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. are used to treat animals on farms and feedlots, and critics are urging for better regulations. We discuss the CDC report and what it means for consumers, farmers and health care providers.


Richard Carnevale, vice president for regulatory, scientific and international affairs for the Animal Health Institute, an animal pharmaceutical industry lobbying group

Jonathan Kaplan, director of the food and agriculture program at the Natural Resources Defense Council

Jason Newland, medical director of patient safety at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri