In response to a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must regulate the overuse of antibiotics in commercially raised animals for human consumption.
Mandated by the federal court on March 23, 2012, the FDA must withdraw the approval of non-therapeutic use of antibiotics such as penicillin and tetracycline in livestock, unless pharmaceutical companies can prove their safety!
Reportedly, over 80 percent of the American antibiotic supply goes into feed for livestock, with the majority of the antibiotics being given to healthy farm animals as a preventative measure to boost their immune systems in unsanitary living conditions as well as complications from slow-healing wounds acquired from routine fighting between animals.
This January, the FDA also ordered that livestock farmers must limit the use of cephalosporins which are not as routinely given to poultry, swine and cattle in the animal husbandry industry.
The use antibiotics in animals used for human consumption poses risks to human health as it results in decreased effectiveness of antibiotics used in the treatment of infections in humans.
The court’s decision is in response to a lawsuit that was filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in May of 2011 based on findings that were made as far back as 1977!
So why have they taken this long to act on a dire situation that has been proven harmful to humans these past several decades?