The perils of poultry

Webster, Paul
July 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/7/2009, Vol. 181 Issue 1/2, p21
Academic Journal
The article reports on the concern of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the widespread off-label utilization of cephalosporin antibiotics in poultry hatcheries and its implications to public health. The health agency has indicated the role of the off-label use of cephalosporin in driving human resistance to the antibiotics. Moreover, Health Canada has introduced nonbinding labels warning against off-label use of cephalosporins in agriculture. Information on the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance (CIPARS) which covers the issue is also explored.


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