FDA’s Step to Limit Animal Antibiotics Use
Starting in 1977, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about the possibility that penicillin and tetracycline misuse could lead to the evolution of super bugs. This claim generated a tremendous rebuttal from industrial animal agriculture producers since many medicate livestock with the same antibiotics that are used in human medicine. Most large scale animal production operations rely on administering consistent low dosages of antibiotics to increase growth instead of only using them to fight bacterial infections. Public health concerns continue to mount as antibiotic-resistance bacterial infections emerge. Many are calling for new animal husbandry standards to be drafted in order to protect humans and animals.