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Long Overdue FDA Action on Agricultural Antibiotics Still Unlikely to Protect Your Health...

Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of Salmonella

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  • Antibiotic-resistant disease is a major threat to public health, and the primary cause for this is the widespread misuse of antibiotics—primarily in agriculture
  • According to a landmark report by the CDC, two million American adults and children become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a direct result of those infections
  • In December, the FDA issued a long-awaited guidance on agricultural antibiotics. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to have a major impact in terms of protecting human health
  • The FDA is asking drug companies to voluntarily restrict the use of antibiotics that are important in human medicine by excluding growth promotion in animals as a listed use on the drug label
  • Researchers also propose implementing a user fee on non-human uses of antibiotics as a way to curtail their misuse

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