FDA Quietly Withdraws Limit on Antibiotic Use for Livestock Intended for Human Consumption

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Guardian via Cryptogon

Environmental and consumer groups have condemned the US Food and Drug Administration’s move to renege on its long-held policy to regulate the use of human antibiotics in animal feed. Last week, the agency quietly announced it was withdrawing its plan to limit the use of antibiotics fed to healthy livestock intended for human consumption.

The groups also criticized the timing of the announcement, which was made during the holiday season and disclosed only in the federal register.

[Pollan] said there was “no question” that meat could be produced without human antibiotics, as the EU has already banned them.  Livestock consume about 80% of the antibiotics sold in the US.

The problem, said Pollan, boils down to a lack of political will in the face of powerful industry interests. “There’s a lot of corporate money in politics these days,” he said. “Here you’re going up against not just one powerful industry, but two. This administration has had enough trouble going after individual powerful industries. That they would prevail against two of them joined together was too much to hope for.”


 

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