FDA Must Act On Livestock Antibiotics, Judge Says

Law360, New York (June 5, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has done “shockingly little” to address human health risks caused by overtreatment of livestock with antibiotics and must consider revoking approval for such use of bacteria-killing medicines, a New York federal judge said Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz torched the agency for its allegedly tortoiselike response to citizen complaints filed in 1999 and 2005 but not acted on until late 2011.

Once it did reply, the FDA worried aloud that withdrawal proceedings to outlaw certain uses of antibiotics...
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