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Groups File Lawsuit Against FDA For Use Of Antibiotics In Animal Feed

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A lawsuit has been filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to compel the agency to withdrawal approval for non-therapeutic  uses of penicillin and tetracycline in animal feeds.

The lawsuit claims that the FDA concluded decades ago that feeding animals low doses of antibiotics used in human medicines could promote antibiotic resistant strains of human infecting bacteria, but the FDA has failed to take action, despite the findings and laws requiring the agency to do so.

A press release issued by the NRDC about the lawsuit says “Approximately 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to healthy farm animals at low doses to promote faster growth and compensate for unsanitary living conditions — a practice that has increased over the past 60 years despite evidence that it breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria dangerous to humans. The antibiotics, mixed into feed or water for pigs, cows, chicken, and turkeys, are used at levels too low to treat disease, leaving surviving bacteria stronger and resistant to medical treatment.”

The  groups say the lawsuit would also “compel the agency to respond to the citizen petitions filed by several of the plaintiffs in 1999 and 2005, to which FDA has never issued a final response, despite regulations requiring it to do so. The petitions requested that FDA take action to limit the use of antibiotics important to human medicine, such as those that doctors rely on to treat ailments like pneumonia, strep throat, childhood ear infections and more serious conditions. The lawsuit filed today would not affect the use of antibiotics to treat sick animals.”

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Groups File Lawsuit Against FDA For Use Of Antibiotics In Animal Feed was posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 7:28 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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