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Antibiotics in livestock affect humans, USDA testifies

There is a clear link between the use of antibiotics in livestock and drug resistance in humans, President Barack Obama's administration says, a position sharply at odds with agribusiness interests.

The Agriculture Department "believes that it is likely that the use of antimicrobials in animal agriculture does lead to some cases of antimicrobial resistance among humans and in animals themselves," said John Clifford, the USDA chief
veterinarian.

The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates antibiotics in animals and humans, has recently proposed to end the use of many drugs as growth promoters in hogs and other livestock. Only antibiotics such as ionophores that have no human use would be permitted to speed animals' growth. The FDA has set a schedule for phasing out the drugs' use or proposed specific restrictions.

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  1. [b][/b]It is an old story and since mid sixties of the last century. I joined in part as a PhD student at the university of Manchester UK 1970-1973. As long as there are a commercial and scientific approches the first will always win by at least by fideling or overshadowing or delaying the approval of the scientific findings. GOD HELP US.

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