Wednesday, September 15, 2010
No Antibiotics to Healthy Animals!
Dispensing antibiotics to healthy animals is routine in American farms. The practice is increasingly condemned by medical experts who say it contributes to a growing scourge of modern medicine: the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including dangerous E. coli strains that account for millions of bladder infections each year, as well as resistant types of salmonella and other microbes.
The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft of guidelines on animal antibiotics yet, intended to reduce what it calls a clear risk to human health. They would end farm uses of the drugs simply to promote faster animal growth and call for tighter oversight by veterinarians.
The agency’s final version is expected within months.
Sources: FDA.gov, NYTimes.com