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Inaction on Antibiotics in Animal Feed Decried by NRDC — Physician’s First Watch

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January 29, 2014

Inaction on Antibiotics in Animal Feed Decried by NRDC

By Amy Orciari Herman

Some 18 of 30 penicillin and tetracycline antibiotics used as additives in animal feed put humans at high risk for exposure to resistant bacteria through the food supply, according to an FDA analysis of 2001-2010 data. However, the agency's subsequent lack of action has come under scathing criticism by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

In a press release, an NRDC microbiologist called the FDA's allowance of such high-risk drugs in animal feed "a breach of their responsibility and the public trust." Of note, in December 2013, the agency formally implemented a strategy to gradually stop the use of all "medically important antimicrobials."

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Johns, Richard. PhD Other Healthcare Professional, Dentistry, Retired

It is quite outrageous that antibiotics are still being given to animals in such a way that it allows such medication to enter the food chain. It is unethical and should not be permitted.

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