Understanding Antibiotics in Agriculture

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What should consumers know about antibiotics in agriculture and livestock production? Registered dietitian nutritionist Nikki Putnam shares her thoughts.

Antibiotics in Agriculture

As the consumer push to remove antibiotics from meat production continues, registered dietitian nutritionist Nikki Putnam with Alltech says many consumers are confused about the truth on antibiotics. Putnam explains what she thinks the ag industry needs to tell consumers, and gives some advice directly to consumers as well.

Corryn La Rue contributed to this story. Hear her full interview with Putnam here.

Nikki Putnam
From the Alltech website:
As a registered dietitian nutritionist at Alltech, Nikki Putnam delivers human nutrition communications to consumers and the agriculture and food industries, with a particular focus on addressing dietary inadequacies through naturally enriched functional foods. Prior to joining Alltech, Putnam was a dietitian for a large grocery retailer where she served as a nutrition expert and spokesperson for the company. She has also worked on research examining the food environment as a determinant for obesity and community-based behavioral interventions focused on chronic disease prevention. She received her bachelor’s degree and completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University, and received her master’s degree in nutritional science from the University of Kentucky. Putnam is an active member of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Dietitians in Business and Communications practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.