Antibiotics in animals
[vid] Antibiotics on factory farms
In the U.S., 80% antibiotics used are used on farm animals. Yes, 80%.
What are these antibiotics and other medications doing to those who eat the meat
and dairy products from these factory farmed animals?
How overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is leading to the creation of new
FDA Says 29 Million Pounds of Antibiotics Used in Food Animals Last Year
I was interested to read
FoodSafetyNews and learn about the FDA’s new count of the number and pounds
of antibiotics used to promote the growth of farm animals used as food.
Because this is the first time the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has
produced such a count, it is not possible to say whether the numbers are going
up or down. But the agency is now requiring meat producers to report on
antibiotic use so we now have a baseline for measuring progress.
The FDA has been concerned about the use and misuse of animal antibiotics for
some time now, so much so that in June it issued guidance on
The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing
In the Federal
Register notice announcing the guidance, the FDA explains:
The overuse of antibiotics in farm animal production was a key focus of the
2009 report of the Pew Commission on
Industrial Farm Animal Production. Our conclusion: the overuse of antibiotics in
animal agriculture is an enormous risk to public health and should be stopped.
- Misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs creates selective evolutionary
pressure that enables antimicrobial resistant bacteria to increase in
numbers more rapidly than antimicrobial susceptible bacteria and thus
increases the opportunity for individuals to
become infected by resistant bacteria. Because antimicrobial drug use
contributes to the emergence of drug resistant organisms, these important
drugs must be used judiciously in both animal and human medicine to slow the
development of resistance. Using these drugs judiciously means that
unnecessary or inappropriate use should be avoided….
- In regard to the use of antimicrobial drugs in animals, concerns have
been raised by the public and components of the scientific and public health
communities that a significant contributing factor to antimicrobial
resistance is the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in
foodproducing animals for production or growth-enhancing purposes.
The FDA report may be short and issued without comment, but it is a sign that
the FDA is taking steps to address this serious public health problem.
By Marion Nestle | Sourced from Food