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Judge to FDA: Remove Superbug-Breeding Antibiotics from Animal Feed

Anthony Gucciardi
March 23rd, 2012
Updated 11/03/2012 at 12:40 am
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A federal judge has stepped up to the plate and is now ordering FDA regulators to start proceedings to revoke the approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, stating that the excessive overuse of antibiotics is threatening public health through breeding drug-resistant superbugs. The news could not have come at a more appropriate time, after it was just recently revealed that antibiotic overuse has actually spawned a resistant ‘white plague‘ that threatens the health of individuals worldwide. Thanks to the countless unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics dished out in nations like India, a heavily drug-resistant form of tuberculosis has scientists concerned over a potential pandemic.

United States Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz ordered the FDA to begin with the initiative unless the drug manufacturers can prove that their usage in the food supply is safe. It would be highly unlikely that the drug makers could produce evidence showing that the antibiotic consumption is safe, considering that antibiotics have been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and even skyrocketing mental illness rates. This is in addition to creating massively resistant superbugs that are considered to be impossible to treat by mainstream medicine.

The Independent reports:

Using standard antibiotic regimens, there is a one in 10 chance that treatment of an E.coli infection will fail because the bug is resistant. But, as numbers of resistant infections rise, there will be increasing pressure to use more powerful antibiotics, called carbapenems, which are the last line available. And resistance to those is already emerging…The warnings follow increasing reports from Europe of patients with infections that are almost impossible to treat.

It is for this reason that groups have sued the FDA over the use of antibiotics in animal feed, citing legitimate safety concerns. In a lawsuit led by both environmental and health-advocacy groups, the organizations allege that he FDA knew years ago that loading up livestock full of penicillin and tetracyclines (the 2 antibiotics in question) was causing bacteria to become resistant to drugs that humans rely upon to fight infections. The result? The development of such superbugs and mutated viruses.  Shockingly, the group also reported on a particularly worrying statistic showing just how many antibiotics are given to livestock and subsequently consumed by the public. “Approximately 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States today are used in livestock,” the group explained in the suit.

Drug-resistant infections not only wreak havoc on public health, but cost American taxpayers more than $20 billion each year, according to a 2009 study from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and Cook County Hospital. There’s simply no reason to continue the dangerous practice of dosing up livestock with antibiotics. Judge Katz explains:

“In the intervening years, the scientific evidence of the risks to human health from the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock has grown, and there is no evidence that the FDA has changed its position that such uses are not shown to be safe,” wrote the Magistrate Judge .

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  • M. Simon

    Did I mention that I'm allergic to penicillin and tetracycline? Since I was a very small boy back in 1944.

    So what do I do when I need an anti-biotic? Load up on vitamin C. Up to 10 grams an hour (in very extreme cases) until the infection is gone.

    If I keep my C levels near saturation I don't get infections. All it takes is between 500 mg and 1,000 mg a day.

    • Whisperingsage

      M. Simon;

      Wonderful! I do too! When I start in with a sore throat I load up on about 4000 mg every 4-6 hours. And it doesn't soften my bowels. That's how I know it is working.

      Another great tool I discovered a few years ago was 5000 IU's of Vit D. I was taking 10,000 IU's for a couple of months to help my bowels and in the experiment, I was working in a nursing home and we had a few viruses come through, 9 patients died (70 beds, I had worked this industry 10 years by then and had never seen that many deaths before) and every staff member was sick, they all came in sick because there simply was nobody left to work, and I was the only one that I know of that didn't get sick, not even a sniffle. I didn't have to take my high dose C either. I was amazed. And pleased.

  • M. Simon

    The price of food will be going up as current production methods can't work without anti-biotics. The collapse of the farm economy will be beautiful to watch though. I just love seeing hungry children and starving farmers.

    Just thinking of all the children the DDT ban has killed gives me tingles. How about you?

    "Preservatives just might be preserving you all, I think that is something you might have missed." – Lyrics from an ancient popular song – "Eat Starch Mom"

    • E. W.

      I hope you mean 'industrial farms'. It's the single family farm that will HAVE to make a come-back.

      I would rather be paying supplements to the family farmer than to industrial farmers.

      And those industrial farms… research who actually owns them, some are foreign owned.

      Have you had your daily dose of arsenic via chicken/turkey today?

  • Avanti

    I hope, if those conspiracy companies come with false research — somebody else, privet researchers or so can prove possible crime. We cannot accept only one side explanation…

    My friend, I like to go to the end and come back to say to myself I can do it.

    Even if a judge came to me and say: "guilt". I turn to appeal… On my case: does "it" judge win? No, he was the loser; including for his career". How I won? Because I did the appeal by "pro se" (by myself). …

    We cannot lose those fights…. that many others are disturbing our live!

    That's why I like Rock like U2,Pink Floyd, REM,Pet Shop Boys, Paul Young, The Police, Paul Davis, Oasis,John Lennon, Journey, INXS,Guns N'Roses, Elton John, Foreigner, Duran Duran, The Cars, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Beatles, Aerosmith, Tears for Fears, Supertramp,Rolling Stones, Red Rider, Robert Plant, etc.