Antibiotics in meat and poultry resulting in dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The Director-General of the World Health Organization was blunt. The world is facing “an end to modern medicine as we know it,” Margaret Chan warned last year. Strep throats could once again kill people, and hip replacements, organ transplants, and cancer chemotherapy “would become far more difficult or even too dangerous to undertake.” That’s because we’re losing our first-line antimicrobial drugs to antibiotic resistance, Chan noted. As for new antibiotics to replace them, Chan wasn’t optimistic: “The pipeline is virtually dry. The cupboard is nearly bare.”