08 Jun '11, 4pm

Big ag and pharma industries don't want the FDA to protect your health

Things on the antibiotic and livestock front have not been quiet since my last post . Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to an appropriations bill proposed by Rep. Rehberg (R-MT) which was approved in part, as its supporters explain in this Washington Post article , to prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from regulating the use of antibiotics in livestock. That is precisely the issue raised by a lawsuit that NRDC and its partners filed against the FDA on May 25, a week before the amendment was approved by the Committee. The lawsuit aims to force FDA's action on the massive and unnecessary use of antibiotics on healthy animals that is a key contributor to the dangerous rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Opposition responses to the NRDC lawsuit have been fast, predictable, and . . . largely reliant on wishful thinking. They als...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/akar/post.html

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