Excerpted from the San Jose Mercury News.
The Food and Drug Administration's gutless approach to antibiotic use in food animals is a disgrace. It's only a matter of time before the policy makes routine infections in people difficult or impossible for doctors to treat. Scientists have been begging the FDA for three decades to ban or severely reduce farmers' use of penicillins and tetracyclines in animal feed to stimulate growth. The American Medical Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists agree that antibiotics in animals consumed by humans dramatically reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics used by people.
The Obama administration should have followed the lead of the European Union and banned antibiotic use by ranchers for healthy animals. The FDA instead continues to put the profits of the meat industry over the health of Americans.