Cargill has stopped using an antibiotic for disease prevention in its turkey flocks. The move follows concerns that using the antibiotic, gentamicin (gent-ta-mice-in), contributes to the threat of antimicrobial resistance.
Global Meat News says Cargill was “making good on its promise” to reduce antibiotic use across its protein lines by stopping use of the antibiotic. The antibiotic is also used to treat a range of bacterial infections in humans.
Cargill’s announcement came after Tyson Foods announced its chicken lines would be free of antibiotics by the end of 2017. Both companies are responding to concerns about antibiotic use and resistance by consumers and investors.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters News Service)