Antibiotics fed routinely to livestock in their food and water can promote faster growth, but the practice is also used as a way to compensate for the effects of extreme overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in factory farms. This practice is dangerous to humans as it serves as a petri dish which selects for antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The American Medical Association has called for a ban on this practice, and the FDA is considering new guidelines, but they are non-binding and not adequate to protect human health. To see a full report from John Hopkins, click here or on the picture below.
The FDA is accepting public comments on their draft guidlines until August 28 (Saturday). Will you join me and tell them it’s time to enact real regulations that protect public health and ensure responsible use of antibiotics in animals? A web based (simple) means of sending them comments is available here. Or write your own!