Court orders FDA to examine antibiotics use on animals

FROM: http://washingtonpost.com/business/economy/court-orders-fda-to-examine-antibiotics-use-on-animals/2012/03/22/gIQA3ph4US_story.html 



Court orders FDA to examine antibiotics use on animals



A federal court on Thursday ordered the FDA to follow through on a 35-year-old proposal that would have banned the use of certain antibiotics in animal feed because the agency was concerned that these drugs were overused in livestock and helped develop drug-resistant bacteria that can infect people.
The concern is that some antibiotics given to treat illnesses in people are widely used on animals to promote disease prevention and weight gain, as well as compensate for crowded conditions on ranches and farms. The prevalence of those antibiotics in livestock has been linked in several studies to the creation of drug-resistant “superbugs” that can spread to humans who work with or eat the animals.