April 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After filing a lawsuit last year aimed at forcing action over excessive antibiotic use in livestock production, the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) has called the agency’s recommendations an “ineffective response” for dealing with the alarming rise in antibiotic resistance, according to a statement released by the non-profit organization.
Read More:Outrage Flies Over FDA ‘Guidelines’ to Control Antibiotic Resistance
March 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
With more than 80 percent of the nation’s antibiotic supply now going into feed for animals raised as food, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rapidly threatening human health, and it’s an issue that can no longer be ignored by the FDA, ruled a federal court judge earlier today.
Read More:Federal Court Rules FDA Must Investigate Antibiotic Overuse in Livestock
December 27th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
As concerns grow over the safety of consuming conventionally raised animal products, the FDA announced that it would withdraw a long-standing proposal that would essentially limit the amount of antibiotics allowed in livestock animal feed.
Read More:FDA Sets No Limit on Antibiotics Allowed in Meat
May 21st, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
I don’t eat meat and no, I don’t have any animal rights agenda, but I do think all animals should be treated humanely.
And that goes double for food animals. I can’t imagine eating sick or badly injured livestock is healthy or safe.
That’s why this makes me mad. In Tasmania, activists raided a local piggery and discovered a horror show.
The pig farm, which supplies meat to a major supermarket chain, kept pigs in squalid conditions, many with swollen legs, large abscesses and covered with flesh eating maggots crawling out of open drains.
Disgusting! The conditions are bad enough, but selling diseased meat to people is deplorable. Police have charged the owner with severe animal cruelty and the grocery store has launched an investigation.
Via ABC News.
Read More:Pig Farm Raid Finds Maggot-Eaten Pigs
March 24th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
It’s believed most of the antibiotics used in the United States are given to livestock. Feed animals are pumped with antibiotics to counter the health-risks of overcrowding and unsanitary living conditions.
But now, new legislation hopes to ban the use of antibiotics in cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry that aren’t sick, due to fears surrounding the overuse of antibiotics and the rise antibiotic-resistant bacteria harmful to human health:
An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States go toward healthy livestock, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Proponents of the ban say antibiotics are given to healthy animals over a long period of time to compensate for unsanitary and crowded conditions, and to promote weight gain, rather than to combat an illness.
The concern is that the overuse of antibiotics in animals leads to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As a result, people may be at risk of becoming sick by handling, eating meat or coming in contact with animals that have an antibiotic-resistant disease.
And recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture banned “downer” cows from the food supply. Downer cows are cattle to sick or weak to stand, but are still slaughtered for food, heightening worry over mad cow disease.
Read More:Pushing to Ban Non-Medical Antibiotic Use in Livestock…