Toxic confusion: the dilemma of antibiotic regulation in West German food production (1951-1990)

Endeavour. 2016 Jun;40(2):114-27. doi: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2016.03.005. Epub 2016 Apr 13.


  1. Cultural risk prioritization strongly influences antibiotic regulation.

  2. West German risk vernaculars and epistemes were residue-focussed.

  3. Hazards resulting from bacterial resistance selection were neglected.

  4. Successful bacterial resistance regulation depends on effective risk staging.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents*
  • Food Industry
  • Germany
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Drug / history*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents