Volume 90 Issue 15 | p. 35 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 9, 2012

Chicken Feathers Carry Drugs

Agricultural feed and fertilizer made from chicken feathers may transfer drugs to the environment
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: pharmaceuticals in the environment, antibiotic resistance, chicken feathers, antibiotics, hormones, feather meal

Chicken feathers processed at high temperatures become “feather meal” that finds use as fertilizer and animal feed. But the feathers retain a slew of pharmaceutical compounds, researchers report (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es203970e). David C. Love, at Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues used liquid chromatography coupled . . .

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