Groups Sue FDA Over Use of Certain Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Last week, a coalition including consumer groups such as Center for Science in the Public Interest, Natural Resources Defense Council and several more filed a law suit against the FDA for failing to take action regarding the overuse of human antibiotics in animal feed. The groups assert that knowledge of the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria in people consuming such animal products existed as early as 1977. The FDA failed to act on those conclusions and failed to protect public safety. The question remains…Who is the FDA protecting??? It certainly doesn’t look ┬álike it is the general public which was the intended purpose!

The FDA gives mixed messages to farmers when it sometimes emphasizes that farmers use fewer antibiotics to keep drug resistance minimal yet also adhering to longstanding regulations about using said drugs for animal disease control. With a lawsuit pending, the FDA might be more accountable and be compelled to take a step in either direction.

Click here to read the full article from the Wall Street Journal…

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