Virginia discovery raises new concerns about overuse of antibiotics in animals

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/virginia-discovery-raises-new-concerns-about-overuse-of-antibiotics-in-animals-040115.html

Silas C. Lawhorn of Bedford, Virginia was recently issued a warning from the FDA for high levels of a dangerous antibiotic found in one of his beef cows. The antibiotic, Tilmicosin, is used on livestock to treat various respiratory diseases — but when given to humans, it can be dangerous…

Lawhorn’s cow exceeded this limit by a wide margin; his animal had 16 to 30 times the amount of Tilmicosin in its tissues. The FDA and other agencies have long been concerned about the overuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food.

Besides the danger of side effects, the overuse of antibiotics can contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria…

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