FDA Asks Drug Companies To Limit Animal Antibiotics Amid Health Concerns
The use of antibiotics in livestock is under scrutiny by the FDA, who argues their use will develop resistant strains of bacteria, which would resist antibiotics in humans as well, posing a serious health risk.
Antibiotic drugs like penicillin are routinely mixed with animal feed and water to help livestock, pigs and chickens put on weight and stay healthy in crowded feeding lots. Scientists have warned that such use leads to the growth of antibiotic-resistant germs that can be passed on to humans.
The FDA has struggled for decades with how to tackle the problem because the powerful agriculture industry argues the drugs are a key part of modern meat production.