Suit Targets FDA Over Livestock Antibiotic Use

Law360, New York (May 25, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Health and consumer groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in New York on Wednesday, requesting the agency curb the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed because of concerns that the practice leads to drug-resistant bacteria that could harm humans.

The FDA, which found in 1977 that certain subtherapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed contributed to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could be transferred to humans, has violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by failing to withdraw its approval of...
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