Part 5: What is known about antibiotic residues in dairy manure?
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Antibiotics Residues in Dairy Manure
Antibiotics are chemicals that kill or impede bacterial cell growth. They are important medicines used by dairy farms to treat bovine bacterial infections, prevent infections, and to a declining degree to promote growth/milk production. When antibiotics are administered to dairy cattle, milk and meat withholding times are strictly followed to prevent antibiotic residues from entering the food system. Highly successful adherence to, and enforcement of, these regulations has resulted in only 0.01% of milk loads and 0.02% of dairy cattle slaughtered for beef testing positive for residues with protocols at processing plants preventing these products from entering the food chain.
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-68003-24601. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
antibiotic; residues; dairy; manure
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