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Upcoming Forum to Address Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

October 4, 2011

At the end of October, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will host a national forum regarding the use of antibiotic usage in food animals. The forum will be held October 26 – 27 at the Hotel Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

The use of antibiotics in the production of food animals elicits polarizing opinions across the media today as consumers become more aware and interested in the way their food is produced. While livestock producers have realized that significant animal illness can be avoided by the use of antibiotics, consumers are being told that any use of antibiotics leads to a lower effectiveness of antibiotics in humans.

Although there have been several debates and discussions on this issue, NIAA’s national forum will feature experts in animal agriculture, researchers in the area of livestock health, and experts in human health who will develop a dialogue with the common purpose of sharing fact-based information about the use of antibiotics in the sustainable production of food.

Forum registration is available online. For questions, contact Katie Ambrose at 719-538-8843, ext. 14.