Scientists Oppose The Use Of Antibiotics For Livestock Rearing – Part 2 of 3
Two companies, Zoetis (Pfizer’s animal-drug subsidiary) and Elanco, have the largest share of the animal antibiotic market. Both have said they will motion on to the FDA’s program. There was some initial praise for FDA’s move. “We commend FDA for taking the first steps since 1977 to broadly reduce antibiotic overuse in livestock,” Laura Rogers, who directs the Pew Charitable Trusts’ beneficent health and industrial farming campaign, said in a statement.
So “There is more work to do, but this is a promising start – especially after decades of inaction”. Not everyone, however, dictum the changes as a step forward in controlling the use of antibiotics in food production. “FDA’s policy is an early holiday gift to industry. It is a hollow gesture that does minuscule to tackle a widely recognized threat to human health,” Avinash Kar, the health attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.
And “FDA has essentially followed a voluntary solicit for more than 35 years, but use of these drugs to raise animals has increased. There’s no reason why voluntary recommendations will make a difference now, especially when FDA’s policy covers only some of the many uses of antibiotics on animals that are not sick. FDA is weakness the American people”. But the FDA’s Taylor said a voluntary approach could be the fastest way to get results.