Court Orders FDA to Address Antibiotic Overuse in Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must act to address the growing human health threats resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, according to a March 22 federal court ruling.

The ruling compels FDA to take action on its own safety findings by withdrawing approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed, unless the industry can prove in public hearings that those drug uses are safe.

More information: www.nrdc.org/media/2012/120323.asp

Susan R. Kerr, DVM, PhD, PAS

WSU-Klickitat County Extension Director

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