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Old 12-29-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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"When Margaret Hamburg became the head of the FDA, she indicated this was a high priority for them and that she realized how much of a problem the profligate use of antibiotics was. She said she was going to treat this issue as if her hair was on fire. This isn't the way someone acts when their hair is on fire." [1]


An interesting statistic, 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States every year are used on livestock.

You may be interested to know that over this holiday period your FDA has quietly done a major U-turn in objection to, and regulation of, the over use of human antibiotics given to livestock, such as included in their feed. Due corporate pressure, the FDA now says it is content to let the market self-regulate itself in this regard.

The European Union has banned the use of human antibiotics in the production of meat. As long ago as 1977 the FDA acknowledged that the overuse of antibiotics in healthy livestock for disease prevention and growth promotion was unsafe, promoting antibiotic resistant bacteria with a negative impact on human health.

The science of that has not changed. In fact in time the problem worse. Of the 100,000 Americans who die annually from bacterial infections, 70% of those infections are resistant to the drugs which might treat them. The health issues remain, government protection does not.

Your FDA, out to lunch.


1) 'FDA draws criticism after U-turn on antibiotics in animal feed,' The Guardian
FDA draws criticism after U-turn on antibiotics in animal feed | World news | guardian.co.uk
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