A follow up to “The Meat Industry and the End of Medicine.”
In a previous post I wrote about the problems of using antibiotics in the meat industry, and I proposed some potential solutions. Now I would like to look at what is actually being done.
Beginning in the 1970’s the FDA recognized the potential danger associated with using antibiotics in the meat industry. In 1977 the FDA recommended that certain antibiotics be banned from use on animal farms. This recommendation was opposed in Congress, and the FDA gave in. †
Since then the FDA has done almost nothing to address the problem. Recently the FDA had developed a proposal that would have limited the use of antibiotics in healthy animals, however in December of 2011 they announced that they were scrapping the proposal. Instead “the FDA says it plans to allow the industry to self-regulate and ‘focus its efforts for now on the potential for voluntary reform and the promotion of the judicious use of anti-microbials in the interest of public health.'”¹ Continue reading