09 Nov '11, 7pm

As EU moves towards banning antibiotics, FDA won't even consider it:

This week, 12 years after leading public interest groups petitioned for FDA to put a stop to the livestock industry’s unnecessary use of antibiotics on healthy animals because of its risks for public health, the agency finally responded. FDA’s reply: REQUEST DENIED. The agency also denied a similar petition filed six years ago, in 2005. In denying both petitions, the agency continues to show that it is not willing to challenge industrial feedlots addicted to these drugs. FDA’s decision leaves the status quo unchanged, in which the overwhelming majority of all antibiotics sold in the country (80%) are for use in animals and such use continues to pose an unnecessary danger to public health. Leading medical and health experts agree that the practice of giving healthy animals low doses of antibiotics—to make them grow fatter faster and to compensate for unsanitary and crowded ...

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treehugger.com 13 Nov '11, 1pm

The FDA has rejected a petition to ban certain antibiotics for use in livestock that are important for the preservation of...