The American Meat Institute recently surveyed more than 21-hundred adults on what the Centers for Disease Control sees as the greatest contributing factor to human antibiotic resistance. Agri-Pulse reports only 41-percent correctly answered health professionals over-prescribing to people , while 18-percent answered the use of antibiotics in livestock production. In September, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said the most acute problem is in hospitals and the most resistant organisms in hospitals are emerging in those settings due to poor antimicrobial stewardship among humans.
This survey shows consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance. The survey also shows confusion on the issue of antibiotic residues – as 40-percent thought unsafe levels of antibiotics are commonly present in mean products. However – AMI says government data shows volatile antibiotic residues are virtually non-existent.