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[2017 March] Antibiotic Drugs in America’s Meat Supply: Scorecard Rates Worst Offenders in Restaurant Industry A stunning 70 percent of all antibiotics important in human medicine in the U.S. are sold for use in animal agriculture. These lifesaving drugs are fed routinely to animals that are not sick in order to promote growth and prevent diseases that spread easily in crowded, filthy factory farm conditions. Public health agencies have declared antibiotic resistance a top health threat in the U.S. — and the rampant misuse of antibiotics in livestock production is a major cause.[vid] Antibiotics on factory farms In the U.S., 80% antibiotics used are used on farm animals. Yes, 80%. What are these antibiotics and other medications doing to those who eat the meat and dairy products from these factory farmed animals? How overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is leading to the creation of new "super bugs."
FDA Says 29 Million Pounds of Antibiotics Used in Food Animals Last Year
I was interested to read FoodSafetyNews and learn about the FDA’s new count of the number and pounds of antibiotics used to promote the growth of farm animals used as food.
Because this is the first time the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has produced such a count, it is not possible to say whether the numbers are going up or down. But the agency is now requiring meat producers to report on antibiotic use so we now have a baseline for measuring progress.
The FDA has been concerned about the use and misuse of animal antibiotics for some time now, so much so that in June it issued guidance on The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals.
In the Federal Register notice announcing the guidance, the FDA explains: