The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been instructed to withdraw its approval or prove certain antibiotics used in animal feed are safe for human health by a US federal judge.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) filed a law suit last year.
A 1977 FDA study found feeding animals low doses of certain antibiotics, including penicillin and tetracyclines, could promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of infecting people but the agency did not pass any regulation.
Avinash Kar, NRDC health attorney said: “For over 35 years, [the] FDA has sat idly on the sidelines largely letting the livestock industry police itself.
“In that time, the overuse of antibiotics in healthy animals has skyrocketed – contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that endanger human health.”