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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Pig Waste

Researchers at Birmingham and Warwick University have discovered a link between the antibiotics used to treat farm animals - in particular pigs - and the spread drug resistance bacteria in the soil.

In the recently published study 'Is pollution driving antibiotic resistance?' published in the Planet Earth quarterly magazine of the Natural Environment Research Council, Dr William Gaze of Warwick University found that slurry possessed high levels of antibiotic-resistant genes. The high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the soil increased fears that strains of resistant bacteria could enter the food chain.
 
 

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