Issue Brief

Bibliography on Antibiotic Resistance and Food Animal Production
Scientific Studies (1969-2013)


This bibliography lists the latest published scientific and economic literature concerning the contribution of routine antibiotic use in food animals to the growing public health crisis of human antibiotic resistance. Research on how antibiotic use in food animal production contributes to the growing health crisis of antibiotic resistance dates back more than 30 years. As Dr. Frederick J. Angulo, acting associate director of science in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease, said in a August 1, 2009, news article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

"There is scientific consensus that antibiotic use in food animals contributes to resistance in humans. And there's increasing evidence that such resistance results in adverse human health consequences at the population level. Antibiotics are a finite and precious resource, and we need to promote prudent and judicious antibiotic use."

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