Tell FDA to Withdraw Approval of Antibiotics in Animal Feed!

In 1977, the FDA concluded that feeding animals low doses of certain antibiotics used in human medicine, namely, penicillin and tetracyclines, could promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of infecting people. Despite this conclusion—and in direct violation of laws requiring that the agency move on its findings—FDA has failed to take action on penicillin and tetracyclines to protect human health for the last 35 years.

A court has now ruled that FDA must 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.

FDA is expected in the next few days to issue draft rules that ask drug manufacturers to voluntarily end the use of antibiotics in animals without the oversight of a veterinarian. But voluntary compliance is not good enough! Please tell FDA to stop creating ineffective voluntary standards, and finally complete the process they started 35 years ago. Tell them to withdraw approval of non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in animal feed immediately, as ordered by the court.

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  • Stephen Ostroff


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