27 May '11, 5pm

This is what you're eating! Groups Sue FDA Over Risky Use of Human Antibiotics in Animal Feed via @fthead9

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 25, 2011) -- The rise of drug-resistant infections in humans has been linked to the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed since the early 1970s, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to meet its legal responsibility to address the mounting health threat posed by the practice, according to a suit filed by a coalition of concerned health and consumer organizations today. “More than a generation has passed since FDA first recognized the potential human health consequences of feeding large quantities of antibiotics to healthy animals,” said Peter Lehner, NRDC executive director. “Accumulating evidence shows that antibiotics are becoming less effective, while our grocery store meat is increasingly laden with drug-resistant bacteria," Lehner added. "The FDA needs to put the American people first by ensuring that antibiotics continue to serve th...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/110525.asp

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