The routine use of antibiotics to promote animal growth does little to benefit protein undernutrition in the developing world

P. Collignon, Henrik Caspar Wegener, P. Braam, C.D. Butler

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Abstract

Some persons argue that the routine addition of antibiotics to animal feed will help alleviate protein undernutrition in developing countries by increasing meat production. In contrast, we estimate that, if all routine antibiotic use in animal feed were ceased, there would be negligible effects in these countries. Poultry and pork production are unlikely to decrease by more than 2%. Average daily protein supply would decrease by no more than 0.1 g per person (or 0.2% of total protein intake). Eliminating the routine use of in-feed antibiotics will improve human and animal health, by reducing the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume41
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1007-1013
ISSN1058-4838
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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