24 Mar '12, 3am

Victory for Safe Food Advocates as Judge Orders FDA to Act on

Victory for Safe Food Advocates as Judge Orders FDA to Act on

For around four decades, the FDA has been aware that when producers use large and unnecessary quantities of antibiotics on healthy livestock, it contributes to the ongoing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria . In turn, it has been made abundantly clear, in study after study, that antibiotic resistant bacteria reduces the effectiveness of life-saving antibiotics for humans. Although the FDA has been aware of all of the aforementioned since the 1970s, they’ve done little to regulate the use of penicillin and tetracyclines in livestock feed, in turn leaving families at risk. But this week, the tides have turned. Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York, acting on a lawsuit brought against the FDA by NRDC and partners , ordered the FDA to initiate proceedings to withdraw approval for antibiotic use in animal feed , unless drug manufacturers prove in a h...

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