To help provide insight into the current and future use of antibiotic use in poultry production, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is releasing a new video.

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The video features two noted experts, Dr. Randy Singer, professor of Epidemiology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Medicine, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Charles Hofacre, professor, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, Department of Population Health, University of Georgia.

Singer and Hofacre provide information on why antibiotics are given to poultry, how antibiotics are provided, how the decision is made to treat with antibiotics, how antibiotic use in poultry affects antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens, how flocks raised without antibiotics are treated if they get sick, the difference between medically and non-medically important antibiotics, and the future changes for antibiotic usage in poultry production.

“This video is intended to help those who are curious about antibiotic use in the poultry industry. We tried to provide enough detail so that a perspective could be gained on how veterinarians work to protect the health of poultry flocks and the public at large,” said Singer.

Hofacre commented, “As a faculty member at the University of Georgia, I receive questions almost every day about antibiotic usage. This video allows us to reach a larger audience to provide information that will be helpful to consumers.”

"USPOULTRY and our members recognize there are questions about antibiotic use in the poultry industry. This video is intended to provide insight into current and future antibiotic use in the poultry industry, and we welcome any feedback from consumers who have additional questions," said USPOULTRY President John Starkey. 

“It is through funds generated by the International Poultry Expo (IPE) that USPOULTRY is able to develop educational pieces of this type. This video is only one example of the IPE funds that have been funneled back into the industry over the years. We sincerely appreciate the support of our members and exhibitors that allowed USPOULTRY to develop this information,” added Elton Maddox, president and CEO of Wayne Farms, and chairman of USPOULTRY.