The FDA is putting the brakes on plans to regulate the consumption of antibiotics by healthy livestock raised for human consumption. The news was conveniently announced during the low news period between Christmas and New Years, despite the fact that the agency has been stalling on their decision since October. They gave no reason for its action, stating only that it intends to “focus its efforts for now on the potential for voluntary reform and the promotion of the judicious use of antimicrobials in the interest of public health.”
Scientists have understood the dangers of antibiotic resistance, also known as anti-microbial resistance (AMR), for quite some time. In fact, 70,000 people die in this country, every year, from infections such asMRSA that they acquire in the hospital from bugs that are resistant to drugs. Worldwide, more than twice that many people die each year from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB), alone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that the proliferation of AMR threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era, rolling back decades of medical progress in public health, as diseases that that once been under control once again become uncontrollable.
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