Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

FDA Wants To Phase Out Use Of Antibiotics To Promote Faster Growth In Farm Animals

With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the FDA wants to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote faster growth in farm animals, but some claim its efforts do not go far enough. The FDA's guidance asks the manufacturers to voluntarily change antibiotic labeling to indicate the medications are only for disease prevention. But Doctor David Wallinga with Healthy Food Action says many antibiotics are now labeled for a variety of uses and changing that will not necessarily stop their use.
It is estimated that in 2011 in the U.S., about eight million pounds of antibiotics were sold for human consumption, but nearly 30 million pounds were sold for meat and poultry production.

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