Federal Judge Urges FDA to Rethink Its Decision on Antibiotics in Animal Feed
The recent decision of the US food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reject citizen calls to restrict the use of antibiotics in animal feed, has now taken cognizance of a federal Judge who has asked the FDA to rethink its decision. The decision of FDA has met with a lot of setbacks. There have been many concern raised over the issue of overuse of antibiotics in animal feed. It is being speculated that it is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
There was a similar ruling in March when a federal court had ordered FDA to withdraw approval for the use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed. This, according to the court, had to be done till the manufacturers put forward enough evidence to prove that the use is safe enough. There has been a debate going on this issue for a long time with many arguing that using common antibiotics in livestock feed has contributed to the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in both animals and humans.
However, FDA has rejected all these petitions stating that in order to evaluate individual safety, there has to be formal withdrawal preceding that have to be carried out.
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