According to a report released in February by the U.S. FDA’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, eighty percent of a antibiotics are given to farm animals. The result is a growing antibiotic resistance when treating bacteria-related illnesses in humans.
“We’re standing on the brink of a human catastrophe,” said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter ( D-NY), author of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act. “The threat of antibiotic disease is real, it is growing, and those most at risk are seniors and children,” she said.
The FDA has known since the 1970s that administering antibiotics to healthy livestock encourages the growth of drug-resistant superbugs. Yet over 30 years later, the organization has still not taken any effective steps toward regulating the practice. Opposition and warnings over antibiotic resistance have poured in over the years from groups like the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
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