FDA to Meat Producers: Get Ready for Limits on Antibiotics

15 Sep

It’s about time!

The FDA is expected to release strict new guidelines that would “would end farm uses of the drugs simply to promote faster animal growth and call for tighter oversight by veterinarians,” according to the New York Times.

Given the number of food recalls in the last few years, it is incredible that it took the FDA this long to release these new guidelines, but it is exciting nonetheless. In countries where antibiotics are strictly controlled, food-borne illnesses — particularly the antibiotic-resistant kind — have gone down dramatically.

Food producers are crying foul because the guidelines will raise the cost of food, but as one scientist put it, “Is producing the cheapest food in the world our only goal?”

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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Meat


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