What's better than a tasty slab of USDA prime American beef? Nothing, except a slab of USDA prime American beef flavor-blasted with antibiotics.
But now, thanks to a federal judge, the flavor party's over…
A federal judge on Thursday ordered regulators to start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant "superbugs."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin proceedings unless makers of the drugs can produce evidence that their use is safe…
The FDA had started such proceedings in 1977, prompted by its concerns the widespread use in livestock feed of certain antibiotics – particularly tetracyclines and penicillin, the most common. But the proceedings were never completed and the approval remained in place.
According to the New York Times, the FDA never followed through on its initial decision to ban the use of antibiotics in animal feed due to pressure from Congress. Based on their expert knowledge of microbiology gleaned from years of studying law and campaigning for public office, congressmen didn't see the harm in destroying mankind's entire defense against disease.
It's still unclear why politicians wanted to pump livestock full of drugs in the first place. Perhaps they thought Americans wouldn't eat infected meat. I guess they've never been to a fast food restaurant.
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