The CDC states that 23,000 people die each year because of medicated meat products. Would you really know the difference between medicated and not medicated meat? Could you taste it? Could you see? This is the questions the Veterinary Feed Directive or (VFD) has been trying to solve. Throughout this speech, I will inform you about the new act placed on today's producers.
The main problem that the VFD is trying to solve is Antimicrobial Resistance or (AMR). What is antimicrobial resistance you may be asking yourself? Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria evolved in a way that reduces the effectiveness of the drugs. For example, it's like going to the doctor for a sore throat. Your doctor will then prescribe you with 25 pill prescription, though you only take 15 because you start to feel better after a few days. Although you might feel better, not all the bacteria have been killed.
According to the CDC, AMR is one of the world's most pressing health problems we have in this world today. Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but the resistant ones may be left to grow and multiply over time. As we continue to take these drugs our body becomes more immune to the medication, therefore, the medication will not work as effectively. Overuse of antibiotics is a major modifiable cause of an increase in drug resistant bacteria. When animals get antibiotics, drug resistant bacteria can survive and multiply in their abdomen as well as the