FDA’s Voluntary Guidance Failing To Curb Antibiotic Overuse In Farm Animals
December 11, 2015
Consumerist - Two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration — after decades of delay
— paid lip service to the idea of reducing the use of medically important antibiotics
for growth-promotion in farm animals, by asking the drug makers to voluntarily stop
selling antibiotics specifically for that purpose. Critics called the FDA actions
pointless while the drug and beef industries weren’t bothered in the least. And now,
by the FDA’s own numbers, we can see why.
"We actually saw that resistance went up, which is not what we hypothesized," Guy
Loneragan from Texas Tech recently explained to Frontline. "Our viewpoint historically
has been that, sure tetracyclines aren't that important for human health so why worry
about them in animal agriculture? But they may be more important than we think, not
because of their use in human medicine, but because they can expand resistance to
critically important drugs."
Read the story here.