Thursday, September 16, 2010

New FDA Rules for Antibiotic Use: Is the FDA Going to Ban Antibiotics for Cows?

There have been an influx of headlines this week about the FDA and some potential new rules for the use of antibiotics with cows.

As Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug, explains in "Is the FDA about to ban antibiotics for cows?", the FDA is not talking about a universal ban on the use of antibiotics with cows meant for the table, but voluntary guidelines in the hopes of stemming the growth of drug-resistant organisms that affect humans. "It's been clear for decades," McKenna says, "that antibiotic overuse in farming fosters the growth of drug-resistant organisms that affect humans. No, the agricultural industry does not agree."

Though the FDA's voluntary guidelines would not constitute legislation or regulations, they could be a step in the right direction!

Learn more about the effects of antibiotic use in farming: read McKenna's full-length blog post here: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/15/is-the-fda-about-to.html

You also might want to check out this Washington Post article "FDA seeks less use of antibiotics in animals to keep them effective for humans," which explains the FDA's plans as a "guidance" and says the "FDA has tried to limit the use of antibiotics in agriculture since 1977, but its efforts have repeatedly collapsed in the face of opposition from the drug industry and farm lobby."

>> Food and Drug Administration: Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

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