09 Aug '12, 8pm

Like a petulant teen, the FDA is dragging its feet on regulating antibiotics in meat:

Like a petulant teen, the FDA is dragging its feet on regulating antibiotics in meat:

The easiest way to deal with a problem, as any little kid can tell you, is to ignore it. Wish it away. Mature? No. Effective? Temporarily. The Food and Drug Association has a problem. It knows it has to set rules for the use of antibiotics in meat production, but it doesn’t wanna . Like a petulant teen, kicking at stones and moaning under its breath, the FDA is dragging its feet. An antibiotic junkie. But a federal court in New York put its foot down yesterday, insisting once and for all that the FDA had to do its chores. (“Fine. I didn’t want to be a federal agency anyway. See if I care.”) The FDA now has roughly five years to get the job done, and it can’t delay just because an appeal is pending. There’s plenty of evidence that rampant antibiotic use in animals causes health problems . Just last month, we reported on a new strain of drug-resistant bladder infections link...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/court-to-fda-35-years-is-too-long-t...

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