01 Apr '12, 9pm

Federal Court Judge Rules: FDA Must Follow Its Own Antibiotic Overuse Order

Federal Court Judge Rules: FDA Must Follow Its Own Antibiotic Overuse Order

The federal government is undoubtedly behind the curve when it comes to antibiotic overuse in American livestock. After all, nearly 100,000 people die each year as a result of antibiotic resistant infections acquired in hospitals. At the same time, government scientists ruled some 30 years ago that antibiotic overuse in animals contributed to drug resistant superbugs found in hospitals and the food system. The FDA has been unforgivably slow to act and though it’s not clear why they lag behind, it is clear that agriculture is one of the biggest lobbying operations in DC and they are strongly opposed to any move to limit or ban the use of antibiotics in livestock. The FDA recently rejected a petition to ban certain antibiotics that are important for the preservation of human health. Follow Your Own Rules But it seems a New York judge has ruled that the issue is worth revisit...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/federal-court-judge-rule...

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