Livestock Antibiotic Rules Too Lax, Health Groups Say

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT) -- Public health groups urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make its draft guidelines on antibiotic use in livestock feed more restrictive, while Pfizer Inc. suggested the FDA had unfairly laid too much blame for drug resistance on livestock antibiotics, in comments due Thursday.

The FDA released guidance in April that it said would reduce the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock, which public health officials say leads to drug-resistant strains of bacteria that can endanger human health. About 29 million pounds of antibiotics are...
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