Good practices in your kitchen can reduce your risk of contamination by any bacteria – resistant or not.
The antibiotics used most often in humans are not the same ones used most often in chicken production.
Farmers can use antibiotics in chicken farming to protect the health and welfare of the birds. Antibiotics are given to treat the birds when they are sick, and to prevent them from getting sick in the first place.
Resistance is when bacteria stop responding, or don’t respond as well, to antibiotics. It’s a phenomenon that pre-dates man made antibiotics, however, any antibiotic use, in humans OR animals, can lead to resistance.
No matter what you hear, remember: when you eat chicken, you’re not eating the antibiotics that it may have been fed.
Concerned about antibiotic resistance and use? We are too. Check out this short video we’ve put together to talk about the issue and what chicken farmers are doing about it. And what you can do as well!
Interview with Sandra Stephens, Veterinary Program Specialist – Foreign Animal Diseases, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Interview with Kelly Daynard, Program Manager, Ontario Farm Animal Council
Interview with Martine Boulianne, Chair, Poultry Research, Tenured Professor, Université de Montréal
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Has the industry reacted to reduce antibiotic use?
Why doesn’t the poultry industry ban the use of antibiotics used as preventative and only use them to treat sick animals?
What is the downside to the EU model of banning preventative medications?
Why would some surveillance show some samples with resistance to multiple antibiotics?
What can consumers do to avoid issues with antibiotic resistance in chicken.
What is antibiotic resistance and what contributes to it?
Why do some samples of product labelled “raised without antibiotics” have bacteria with resistance to some antibiotics?
What is the cooperation between partners on this issue?
Why does the poultry industry use antibiotics, especially ones that are similar to those used in human medicine? And why are antibiotics used on a daily basis?