– FDA draws criticism after U-turn on antibiotics in animal feed (Guardian, Dec. 29, 2011):
Environmental groups dismayed after agency drops long-held plan to regulate use of human antibiotics fed to healthy animals
Environmental and consumer groups have condemned the US Food and Drug Administration’s move to renege on its long-held policy to regulate the use of human antibiotics in animal feed.
Last week, the agency quietly announced it was withdrawing its plan to limit the use of antibiotics fed to healthy livestock intended for human consumption.
Critics say the U-turn, which comes amid the FDA’s own stated concerns over food safety, is at odds with its obligations to protect the public.