Posted: Oct. 3, 2014 | Tags: antibiotics
PBS FRONTLINE, in a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, will air a new one-hour program, "The Trouble with Antibiotics," Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).
Correspondent and reporter David E. Hoffman looks at the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and, in a follow-up to last fall's documentary, "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," talks with the parents of a young man who died at the National Institutes of Health.
“Nearly four decades ago, scientists and government officials warned that widespread antibiotic use to raise food animals could put human health at risk. Today, we’re seeing new scientific evidence those warnings were true, yet the government has been very slow to take action to limit antibiotic use on the farm,” Hoffman says.
He and the FRONTLINE production team traveled to Arizona, Pennsylvania and North Texas to look at antibiotic use on the farm. The program also looks at the history of the use of antibiotics and the gap in data.