23 Mar '12, 4pm

A major win: after 35 yrs, judge rules #FDA must take action to curb overuse of #antibiotics in livestock

Judge Rules FDA Must Act to Protect Americans from Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Statement by Margaret Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists WASHINGTON (March 23, 2012) – A federal judge in New York ruled yesterday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must address the overuse of non-therapeutic antibiotics in livestock. The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed last May by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in which the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and other groups are plaintiffs, over the FDA’s failure to address the mounting health threats of antibiotic use in animals. The judge’s decision requires the FDA to withdraw existing approvals for the growth promoting use in animal agriculture of two antibiotics – penicillin and tetracyclines. The sponsors of the drugs have the right to contest the withdrawals in an evidentiary hearing, but will bear ...

Full article: http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/FDA-must-curb-an...

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