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Ethanol Industry Can Stop Using Unnecessary Antibiotics,

Submitted by on July 28, 2009 – 3:46 pmNo Comment

The ethanol industry should voluntarily stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics in the production process, particularly because viable alternatives are readily available, concludes a new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

For decades, ethanol producers have added antibiotics to the ethanol fermentation process to control bacterial outbreaks. IATP’s report Fueling Resistance? Antibiotics in Ethanol Production estimates that of the 170 ethanol production facilities in the U.S., nearly 45 percent already are avoiding antibiotic use through readily available alternatives. Dozens more facilities are running trials of one of these alternatives, based on extensive  conversations with ethanol plant producers and vendors of antimicrobial alternatives. Some ethanol producers promote their dried distillers grains as antibiotic-free.  READ MORE   Download PDF

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