1. Government reports massive use of antibiotics in animal agriculture

January 2011
Food & Environment Electronic Digest;Jan2011, p1
The article discusses a report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the amount of antibiotics and related drugs used in animal agriculture. According to the data of the report, 28.7 million pounds of drugs were sold for use in animal agriculture in 2009 for all purposes. It has been stated that "Hogging It!" 2001 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) estimated that 24.6 million pounds of these drugs were used just for non-therapeutic purposes, which lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect humans. It has been stated that the data in the report has posed the need to curtail antibiotic overuse in animal agriculture.


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