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Judge Orders FDA To Regulate Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Posted By Mark Boyer On March 24, 2012 @ 12:47 pm In Environment,News,Sustainable Food | 1 Comment

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Since the 1970s, the Food and Drug Administration has known that widespread use of large quantities of antibiotics on healthy livestock contributes to the ongoing health problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Despite that knowledge, the FDA has done little to curb the use of penicillin and tetracyclines in livestock feed, which puts people at risk. But this week, in a major victory for food safety advocates, a US Magistrate Judge, acting on a lawsuit brought against the FDA by NRDC and partners [2], ordered the FDA to initiate proceedings to withdraw approval for antibiotic use in animal feed [3], unless drug manufacturers prove in a hearing that said antibiotic use is safe for humans.

Photo © Flickr user Joost J. Bakker [4]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/judge-orders-fda-to-regulate-antibiotic-use-in-livestock/brown-cows/

[2] NRDC and partners: http://www.onearth.org/blog/superbug-suit-judge-fda-antibiotics-livestock

[3] withdraw approval for antibiotic use in animal feed: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/health/fda-is-ordered-to-restrict-use-of-antibiotics-in-livestock.html

[4] Joost J. Bakker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joost-ijmuiden/3616764425/

[5] READ MORE >: http://www.inhabitots.com/victory-for-safe-food-advocates-as-judge-orders-fda-to-regulate-livestock-antibiotic-use/

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