The oddly named group, Keep Antibiotics Working, said the Canadian study points “to animal agriculture as a source of the deadly bacteria.” Newspaper editorials have all but blamed pigs for spreading the sometimes deadly infection. One said “the trail of
There are at least three general categories of
Less virulent forms are commonly found among humans and on cats, dogs, horses and other animals.
A third form, which is less invasive than the health-care-associated forms, was recently discovered on swine farms in the
Critics are using those discoveries to claim that pigs are responsible for the rising incidence of
Bills are lining up
In addition to advocating the testing of all pigs, critics are urging a ban on the use of certain antibiotics in livestock and animal feed. There are several bills pending in Congress, including ones sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) that would do just that — ban antibiotics.
Such efforts, and the media hyperbole about pigs and
Right now, there is not enough information to make pigs the culprits in the recent rise in
And despite suggestions to the contrary,
Finally, there is no evidence linking antibiotic use in pigs with the development of
The antibiotics that producers do use on their pigs are employed sparingly, and the pork industry promotes judicious use through its “Take Care — Use Antibiotics Responsibly” program.