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FDA Poised to Inject Guidelines into Livestock Antibiotic Use

September 16, 2010

BOSTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected soon to inject guidelines into the long-debated routine use of antibiotics in large livestock operations. The new rules will limit the use of the medications in healthy animals and bring in more veterinarian oversight when meds are used. Those moves address concerns that using antibiotics to prevent illness and promote growth also promotes the development of drug resistant bugs, such as MRSA (mersa). Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming veterinarian Gail Hansen explains.

"They're given at low doses, which means that they are doses that are not considered high enough to kill the bacteria, and so that's a perfect recipe for developing bacterial resistance."

The European Union outlawed the routine use of antibiotics in healthy livestock four years ago because of concerns about superbugs. Hansen points out the use of the medications isn't limited to large-scale operations, and she's talked to ranchers who would rather not use them, but have to.

"Farmers are often under contract with a larger corporation, and they say, 'This is what you will feed the animals, and this is the price we will give you.'"

The National Pork Producers Council and major livestock producers argue that there is no conclusive science proving a link between low-dose antibiotics in livestock and drug-resistant bugs in people, and they claim that the use of the medications actually makes food safer. The American Medical Association isn't happy with the proposed guidelines because the group wants them to be more strict.

FAQ on the proposed guidelines at www.fda.gov.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA