You’ve heard the madness before: those same delicious dinners that star your favorite chunk of meat are also one of your body’s least-favorite dishes, as farm animals continue to be stuffed with scary antibiotics before being taken to slaughter.
Well, things just got more meaty. That’s because now, despite concise scientific proof and previous court rulings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has chosen not to prohibit farms from feeding animals antibiotics. This may sound like a decision of little consequence. However, when we consider that we end up consuming whatever the animal ate during its lifetime, this issue takes on a whole different level of concern.
So how did it all unfold? In a two-to-one final decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided last week that the FDA won’t need to review banning the activity of consistently feeding antibiotics to animals that are fully healthy, even though there’s more evidence than ever that this abuse of antibiotics could spell serious trouble for the overall effectiveness of important human medicines. The appeals court overturned two previous district court rulings regarding antibiotic cases given by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) along with other groups. These groups requested the FDA to halt the habitual use of many antibiotics in healthy animals unless drug makers could provide evidence of the overall health safety of such use. Even worse, antibiotic abuse is only one of the many sickening facts about your favorite meat.
“The misuse of antibiotics in food animal production contributes to the epidemic of antibiotic resistance in our hospitals and communities,” warns Robert S. Lawrence, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. He goes on to state how this isse is one of the biggest public health issues facing our generation, and yet it is going largely unnoticed.
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