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Germanwatch analysis of chicken meat for antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Cover Analysis of chicken for antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Antibiotics in intensive animal husbandry - after years of efforts by the German government, this should no longer be a cause for concern. But unfortunately it is, as a study by Germanwatch shows: More than every second chicken in discounters is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Every third chicken meat sample was contaminated with germs that have resistance to antibiotics with highest priority for humans.

If the German Government does not want to fall short on the protecting of health, it must hold the meat industry accountable for a significantly better animal welfare, it must ban antibiotics with highest priority for humans and it must impose a levy on all other antibiotics.

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Reinhild Benning