Recipe: Pork with Antibiotics and Red Herring

April 10, 2012

Feedstuffs reports:

A study led by Dr. Mike Apley of Kansas State University shows that opponents of antibiotics use in livestock production wildly overestimate the amount given to food animals, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

Maybe Apley’s right and antibiotic use has been overestimated, but who cares? This isn’t relevant. The only relevant question is whether, given the consequences to the public health, the pork industry should be routinely giving any antibiotics to pigs.

Also from the article:

“Pork producers do not overuse antibiotics. We work with veterinarians to carefully consider if antibiotics are necessary and which ones to use,” said NPPC president R.C. Hunt, a pork producer from Wilson, N.C.

Any routine feeding to every animal in production is overuse. Hiding behind veterinarians on the industry payroll is just a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, and refocus the debate on a tangential issue. Link.

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