The issue of antibiotic use in swine diets has created a firestorm of controversy in two staunchly opposed camps. The pro-livestock side argues that pork producers avoid the routine use of antibiotics, relying instead on the responsible use of these products to efficiently and safely produce a wholesome product for consumers. The activist camp charges that animal antibiotics are overused simply to produce faster-gaining livestock, causing an alarming growth in antibiotic resistance that threatens the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating human diseases.
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