FDA Quizzed On Antibiotic Use In Corn-Based Animal Feed

Law360, New York (May 11, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT) -- Two Democrats in the U.S. House on Friday asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for more information about its efforts to monitor antibiotic use in corn-based livestock feed, concerned that antibiotics used in ethanol production are making their way into the feed, leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg; Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; and Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. said the same antibiotics used in animal agriculture, such as penicillin and erythromycin, are also used by ethanol producers to prevent bacterial...
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