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Diseases and Illnesses

Protecting humans from 'superbugs'

Perdue Farms, the giant Eastern Shore poultry producer, has eliminated the use of antibiotics for chickens that aren't sick for a simple reason: It's great for business.

Certainly, if you talk to the company's chairman, Jim Perdue, or its other top executives, they'll express concern for the wellbeing of the chickens farmers grow for them and for the public health effects on humans caused by the overuse of antibiotics, but they have taken aggressive steps — limiting even the use of a class of antibiotics that aren't used in humans — because the market for chicken that can be labeled antibiotic free is growing much faster than the market for conventional chicken.