13 Nov '11, 1pm

FDA To Reject Antibiotic Ban : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

FDA To Reject Antibiotic Ban : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

The FDA has rejected a petition to ban certain antibiotics for use in livestock that are important for the preservation of human health. The two petitions, filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Environmental Defense, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), and the Union of Concerned Scientists, were requested in 1999 and 2005, according to Food Safety News . The FDA has announced that it will reject two petitions filed that would have banned the use of some antibiotics in livestock. Food Safety News reports: [T]he agency cited statutory hurdles -- such as a notice to the drug maker and an evidentiary hearing on the matter -- as reason to deny the petition. "FDA cannot withdraw approval of a new animal drug until the legally-mandated process is complete." It's very unclear what this rea...

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