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Opinion: Antibiotics in meat could be damaging our guts
by William D. Cohan
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25 May 2018
On 25 May 2018 The New York Times reported:
The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted. In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time organic cattle farmer in upstate New York, bought 13 bulls ... from a breeder in Oklahoma. A few weeks after the animals were trucked to his farm near the Vermont border, Mr. Lewis discovered that two of the bulls had died. He could see holes in their abdomens from where they had gored one other. A field autopsy proved inconclusive. When two more bulls among the new herd fell sick, Mr. Lewis shipped them off to Cornell University to be examined. One died along the way, but a blood test on the living bull provided the answer: It had anaplasmosis, a bacterial illness that destroys red blood cells and deprives the animals of oxygen, causing them at times to act violently.
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The disease is relatively rare in the Northeast, yet a quarter of Mr. Lewis's herd ended up becoming infected. He lost another six animals to the disease and spent more than $100,000 trying to save the rest. Ultimately, another 100 animals had to be culled.
The costly experience propelled Mr. Lewis, an intense, cranky, and compulsive former Wall Street arbitrageur, on a two-year investigative journey into the use of antibiotics on American animal farms. Now he is asking a question he believes government regulators and the meat industry urgently need to grapple with: Are pig, cattle, and poultry farmers misusing antibiotics, allowing too much of the drug to get into our food?
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