US Magistrate Judge Directs FDA to Act
It seems that the time has come to impose ban on the use of antibiotics in animal feed, which was in between halted due to pressure from the industry. Making it crystal-clear, US Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz claimed that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration needs to act in this regard else things would become a lot difficult to manage in the time to come.
There has been enough said about the safety of antibiotics in animal feed which brought the government and the beef, chicken and pork producers at loggerheads, thereby putting the concerns attached with the same on humans at backburner.
It was argued that excessive use of antibiotics in livestock feed can considerable increase antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animals and humans, and this is what further pushed environmental and public-health groups, including The Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Union of Concerned Scientists, to file a lawsuit against the FDA in last year.
In excess of $20 billion each year is being born by Americans, if a research done in the year 2009 by Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and Cook County Hospital is to be considered. This is not just the only report which has highlighted the concerns attached but a recently published news claimed that use of Antibiotics in meat can put farmers under the escalated risk of drug-resistant skin infections.
Even, an another study claimed that those poultry farms which antibiotics in a controlled manner are more likely to have reduced drug-resistant bacteria risk in humans, thereby proving the theory that there is a dire need to take stern steps to address the percolating concerns.
As of now, the FDA had remained soft towards the issue, but the recent ruling by the judge has not left many options with the FDA but to come into action.