Jean-Paul Laforest, Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Laval University, talks about the importance of food safety, including safety measures the industry has implemented to control cross-contamination and monitor antibiotic use.
- Microbes can grow very well in animal products, however North American markets have a good control system to reduce the risk of contamination.
- Antibiotics are used in animal production to treat sick animals and as a growth promoter in animal feed.
- There are continual studies to understand how and if antibiotics in food production lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. There currently is no proof that they do.