|August 5, 2005:
Food service provider Compass Group is taking a preemptive
step in ebbing the flow of antibiotics into the food supply
by stipulating new drug usage levels to its processors.
Working with Smithfield Foods Inc., the nation’s
leading pork processor, and the nonprofit group Environmental
Defense a new policy was laid out in which the corporate
caterer refused to purchase pork if the pigs were fed
antibiotics approved for human use as growth promoters.
Banned antibiotics include penicillin, erythromycin,
oxytetracycline and sulfamethazine.
The announcement comes on the heals of the Food and
Drug Administration’s Baytril ban for use in poultry
and an increasingly serious concern of antibiotic resistance
in humans. The Baytrill ban is the first of its kind
for the livestock industry.
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