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Banned antibiotics, other drugs in factory chickens


Local medical professionals concerned



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April 25, 2012
It's not nearly as visual as the "pink slime" that's been the subject of recent controversy, but a recent Johns Hopkins study found feather meal from factory-farmed chickens tested positive for illegal antibiotics.

Some samples also had a birth control hormone and the active ingredients in Prozac, Tylenol and Benadryl.

The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) and Arizona State University, found flouroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that are commonly used to treat infections in humans that are resistant to older drugs, in eight of the 12 samples taken from 10 American and two Chinese chicken factories. The group includes Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and several other drugs of fairly recent creation, and they were banned in U.S. chicken production years ago.

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