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MT @Barry_Estabrook: FDA Denies Petitions to Stop Feeding Antibiotics to Livestock" in @OnEarthMag:

MT @Barry_Estabrook: FDA Denies Petitions to Stop Feeding Antibiotics to Livestock" in @OnEarthMag:

No one is going to accuse the Food and Drug Administration of rushing to judgment. In 1999, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA to stop the common practice of feeding perfectly healthy livestock antibiotics -- not to cure disease, but merely to make them pack on weight more efficiently. (See "You Want Superbugs With That? ") Of particular concern to the organization were antibiotics used to treat disease in humans. That petition came 22 years after the FDA itself had said that such “sub-therapeutic” use of penicillin- and tetracycline-containing products in animals should be halted because it had “not been shown safe.” Studies in the mid-1970s had proven that bacteria easily evolved resistance to the antibiotics, becoming resistant “superbugs.” Last week, the FDA denied (PDF ) the petition, along with a similar one (PDF ) filed in 2005 b...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/still-in-superbug-denial-the-...

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