US food authority to probe animal antibiotics
THE US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to investigate animal antibiotics following growing fears about the possible dangers the drugs pose to human health.
In a move to prevent the development of strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, the FDA – part of the Department of Health and Human Services – is considering forcing manufacturers to introduce new tests.
In the USA, unlike Europe, antibiotics used as medicines to treat human beings are sometimes fed to animals as growth promoters.
But some US scientists are now claiming that feeding the antibiotics to animals at low levels over a long time fosters resistance that can be passed on to human beings.
They want the USA to follow the example of Europe and ban the use of antibiotics in animal feed.
- Antibiotics in farming under scrutiny, FWi, 09 February, 1999
- EU bans growth-promoting antibiotics, FWi, 15 December, 1998
- Brown backs feed antibiotics ban, FWi , 14 December, 1998
- Pfizer threatens EU over antibiotics, FWi, 11 December, 1998
- Antibiotic growth promoters set to be banned, FWi, 20 November, 1998
- Vets and farmers deny over-use of antibiotics strong>, FWi, 23 April, 1998
- Antibiotics in farming threaten to unleash
“superbugs”, FWi, 23 April, 1998
- The Times 09/03/02/99 page 15