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August 1, 2014

FDA does not need to bother about antibiotics use in livestock feed: Court

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can continue to allow feeding livestock with various antibiotics, a federal appeals court decision said on Thursday. The decision came in despite public calls that such practices might endanger the health of consumers. Based on court documents, for every dose of antibiotic supplied to humans for medical reasons, four doses of antibiotics are meanwhile provided to animals for non-medical purposes, encouraging faster and healthier growth. It also revealed that 28.8 million pounds of various antibiotics were given to livestock being raised for human food, mostly by animal feed.  Read More

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