Last August Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey. In September the same company recalled 185,000 pounds from the same plant. Both recalls came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found meat tainted with salmonella Heidelberg, a particularly nasty bacteria resistant to existing antibiotics.
In the waning days of 2011, the FDA delivered factory farms a generous gift: unregulated use of antibiotics. Any concerns CAFO’s (concentrated animal feeding operations) had that the FDA might curtail the unnecessary use of one of medicine’s essential remedies was quietly shoveled onto the manure pile.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is withdrawing two 1977 notices of opportunity for a hearing (NOOH), which proposed to withdraw certain approved uses of penicillin and tetracyclines intended for use in feeds for food-producing animals based in part on microbial food safety concerns.\1\
There it is, in their own words. After 34 years of foot dragging, the FDA has quietly thrown up its hands and backed away from any pretense of heeding its own warnings about overuse of antibiotics.
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