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Food and Drugmakers Fight Antibiotic Regulation Even As Reports of Human Risks Grow

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  • Because animals gain more weight on less feed when fed antibiotics, meat producers vehemently fight government attempts to lessen the drugs' use
  • After a voluntary FDA initiative in 2014, use of antibiotics in most major categories in meat production has gone up, not down. Final compliance by drug makers is required by the end of 2016
  • Some antibiotics have recently been linked to delirium, confusion, hallucinations and encephalopathy in humans. Their negative effects on gut bacteria, also called the microbiome, are still being investigated

By Dr. Mercola

Attempts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decrease the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock production have seldom succeeded.


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