India’s poultry industry ‘adding’ to drug resistance

7a96879c0ff39cd7ca363d92e5ab0f2fChickens farmed for meat and eggs in India’s Punjab state harbour high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, says a new Indo-US study.

“Misuse of antibiotics in animal farms endangers all of us because it multiplies drug resistance in the environment,” says Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Washington-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, and who led the study published July in Environmental Health Perspectives.

The study found broilers, or poultry raised for meat, having greater concentrations of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than layers, which are raised for eggs. Antibiotics are used to induce rapid growth in broilers and as a cheaper alternative to maintaining hygiene, the study notes.

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