Eating chicken could make you resistant to antibiotics. Here's why

If you are a non vegetarian and resistant to antibiotics, blame it on the chicken in your diet. Out of the 70 samples of chicken from the Delhi-NCR region tested for six commonly used antibiotics, around 40 percent tested positive. There were residues of more than one antibiotic in 17 percent of the samples.

The sample study was undertaken by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) study which released its reports today.

Wonder why chicken are fed antibiotics? For the simple reason that use of antibiotics helps chicken to gain weight and grow faster. The butcher and the cold storage owners get their money' s worth while the consumer bears long-term impacts of his purchase and chicken meal. This is not restricted only to chicken but to animals in general.

Incidentally, this is the biggest study done in India to test residues of antibiotics in chicken.

PML tested three tissues - muscle, liver and kidney - for the presence of six antibiotics widely used in poultry This is the biggest study done in India to test residues of antibiotics in chicken.

When antibiotics are used, misused, overused in chicken, it makes the bird antibiotic resistant. When human beings consume the chicken, the bacteria is transmitted through food. In case you thought, it was the size of the portion of chicken that you are eating that makes you safe from the bacteria, wait. There is still cause for worry. For the CSE lab study says that eating even small doses of antibiotics in your chicken can make you antibiotic-resistant through the development of the bacteria in your system.

Published Date: Jul 31, 2014 08:55 am | Updated Date: Jul 31, 2014 08:55 am