sábado, 25 de junio de 2011
Consumer groups sue FDA over antibiotics in animal feed
The FDA itself has urged the phasing out of antibiotics in meat as recently as last year, when the agency produced draft guidelines for reducing the use of growth-promoting antibiotic drugs for meat-producing animals – expected to be finalized in 2011 – saying it contributes to drug resistance in humans.
NPPC president Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa said at the time that phasing out antibiotic use “could have a tremendous negative impact on animal health and, ultimately, the safety of food.”
According to the lawsuit, the FDA allows some non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal feed, even though it said the practice was unsafe 30 years ago.
Dr. Stephen Lerner, infectious disease specialist, said: “This petition would reduce human exposure to some dangerous drug-resistant Salmonella, which is crucial because our critically-important antibiotics are losing effectiveness and they aren’t being replaced by new ones. We must do all that we can to reduce antibiotic-resistant infections from food.”
A recall of 55,000 pounds of frozen turkey burger products from Jennie-O Turkey Store last month was found to be contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strain, causing illnesses across at least 12 states.