25 May '11, 9pm

Groups sue FDA to stop Big Agriculture antibiotic abuse—and it just might work

A growing weight of research links routine antibiotic use on factory farms to the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- which are showing up in more and more places worldwide (including, according to recent studies, in your local supermarket ). Doctor groups, from the American Medical Association to the American Society of Microbiology , have appealed to the government and industry to restrict the practice, lest critical antibiotics become useless for human treatments. Over the past couple of years, the FDA changed its tune and has finally begun to respond to the threat. Top officials at the FDA have testified of the dangers to Congress. The agency itself is developing "voluntary guidance " that would restrict the practice -- which currently sees 80 percent of all antibiotics used in this country given to food animals. Sadly, though, the FDA is still whistling when it s...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-05-25-gr...

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