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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
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 , ordered the FDA to initiate proceedings to withdraw approval for antibiotic use in animal feed , unless drug manufacturers prove in a hearing that said antibiotic use is safe for humans.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/judge-orders-fda-to-regulate-antibiotic-use-in-livestock/brown-cows/
 NRDC and partners: http://www.onearth.org/blog/superbug-suit-judge-fda-antibiotics-livestock
 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
 Joost J. Bakker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joost-ijmuiden/3616764425/
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