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Controversial Antibiotics in Meat May Soon Be Decreased


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12/12/2013
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A proposal in 2012 urged the Food and Drug Administration to create strict regulations for using antibiotics in farm animals raised for meat.  The agency is now finally working to phase out the use of such medicines in animals.  When antibiotics were discovered, they were seen as a miracle drug that could cure illness and had the added benefit of spurring growth in farm animals.  Farmers have been using antibiotics to do so for years, sparking controversy that human consumption of antibiotic-fed animals is harmful to human health.  More and more antibiotics are resistant to the bacteria they are supposed to destroy, supporting the theories that over-consumption of antibiotics (whether through animal products or actual prescriptions from doctors) has led to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.  Advocates for ending the use of antibiotics in animals used for meat have finally succeeded in getting the FDA to listen and work toward ending the practice.  One of the new regulations urges animal drug companies to label antibiotics to indicate they should not be used to make animals grow, and that they may only be given to farm animals with a veterinarian's prescription (something currently not required).  This move by the FDA will hopefully only take a few years to fully implement and ensure that meat products are safer for consumers.



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