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Survey reveals consumer confusion about antibiotic resistance

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WASHINGTON — A new survey reveals that consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production. The survey was conducted online in March 2014 among over 2,100 U.S. adults ages 18 and older by Harris Poll for the American Meat Institute.

When asked “According to the CDC, which of the following is the greatest contributing factor to human antibiotic resistance,” only four in 10 Americans (41 percent) correctly answered “health professionals over-prescribing to people.”  Eighteen percent thought use of antibiotics in livestock production was the number one contributing. . .

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