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Sustainable antibiotic-free broiler meat production: current trends, challenges, and possibilities in a developing country perspective

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posted on 2021-01-22, 04:09 authored by MH Haque, Subir SarkerSubir Sarker, MS Islam, MA Islam, MR Karim, MEH Kayesh, MJA Shiddiky, MS Anwer
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Antibiotic-free broiler meat production is becoming increasingly popular worldwide due to consumer perception that it is superior to conventional broiler meat. Globally, broiler farming impacts the income generation of low-income households, helping to alleviate poverty and secure food in the countryside and in semi-municipal societies. For decades, antibiotics have been utilized in the poultry industry to prevent and treat diseases and promote growth. This practice contributes to the development of drug-resistant bacteria in livestock, including poultry, and humans through the food chain, posing a global public health threat. Additionally, consumer demand for antibiotic-free broiler meat is increasing. However, there are many challenges that need to be overcome by adopting suitable strategies to produce antibiotic-free broiler meat with regards to food safety and chicken welfare issues. Herein, we focus on the importance and current scenario of antibiotic use, prospects, and challenges in the production of sustainable antibiotic-free broiler meat, emphasizing broiler farming in the context of Bangladesh. Moreover, we also discuss the need for and challenges of antibiotic alternatives and provide a future outlook for antibiotic-free broiler meat production.


The study was supported by research funding from the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Sarker is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (grant number DE200100367) funded by the Australian government.


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