FDA Allowed Antibiotics in Animal Feed Despite Risk to Health: Report

"The Food and Drug Administration has continued to allow dozens of antibiotics to be used in livestock feed, despite findings from its researchers that the drugs could expose humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply, an environmental advocacy group said in a report Monday."

"FDA officials reviewed about 30 animal-feed additives between 2001 and 2010, rating 18 of them “high risk” in terms of contributing to health problems in humans, according to records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The remaining drugs the agency examined did not have adequate data to determine whether they were safe, the report said.

According to the NRDC, at least 26 of the feed additives that FDA researchers reviewed — some of which have been in use since the 1950s — did not meet standards set by the agency in 1973 that required companies to submit scientific studies proving that the drugs were safe."

Brady Dennis reports for the Washingtn Post January 27, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Antibiotics in Animals Tied to Risk of Human Infection" (New York Times)

"Newly Disclosed Documents Reveal Livestock Antibiotic Use by FDA Despite ‘High Risk’ to Humans" (NRDC)

Source: Wash Post, 01/28/2014