23 Mar '12, 2pm

Court orders FDA to act on dangerous overuse of antibiotics in livestock

All right. Let me get this out of my system. Woo hoo! Try it yourself. Because I have some news we can all celebrate. We just had a great victory in court yesterday that will help protect the health of all Americans. As far back as the 1970’s, the FDA recognized that the unnecessary use of vast quantities of antibiotics on healthy livestock is contributing to a rise in the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria that compromises the effectiveness of life-saving antibiotics for humans. Antibiotic resistance can lead to longer illnesses, the use of antibiotics with greater side effects, and even death when treatments fail. Almost seventy percent of all antibiotics sold in the US are used on healthy livestock, to promote faster weight gain and compensate for unsanitary, crowded conditions. Yet, in the face of the rising public health threat of antibiotic resistance, the F...

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