28 Dec '11, 7pm

Scrooged: FDA gives up on antibiotic restrictions in livestock

Scrooged: FDA gives up on antibiotic restrictions in livestock

Most "subtherapeutic" antibiotics are administered to animals on industrial farms via their feed. Photo by Kerben The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled a Scrooge move just before Christmas. The agency published an entry in the Federal Register declaring that it will end its attempt at mandatory restrictions on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. The agency isn't advertising the shift, though: This news would have remained a secret if not for Maryn McKenna's Superbug blog over at Wired. McKenna, who specializes in writing about antibiotics and their link to pathogens, caught the Federal Register notice. This is a sorry end to a process that began in 1977 (!), but McKenna created an excellent timeline that traces the history of the issue back to the 1950s. In 2009, the Obama administration breathed new life into a moribund process because the top two Obama ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/factory-farms/2011-12-28-scrooged-fd...

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