|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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