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ke a while longer to bounce back. Read her post here.I had the chance to go on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC yesterday afternoon to talk about the renewed push to regulate antibiotics used for growth promotion in farm animals. With the Food and Drug Administration now urging meat producers to limit the amount of drugs they give their animals—over concern about the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria—and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter s bill to restrict the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals gaining some ground, the issue is fresher than ever. On the radio with me was Maryn McKenna, a medical writer and author of the recent book Superbug, which details the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections. (She s the one who sounds a lot smarter.) Check it outeonard Lopate ShowThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—gingerly, gingerly—took a step on Monday towards addressing one of the most fundamental but unknown threats to public health: the overuse of antibiotics in animal food and water. The FDA said in a new policy document that the uses of antibiotics for agriculture should be limited to treated sick animals, and that veterinarians should be involved in giving out the drugs. (See the FDA document here.) The change came in part out of concerns that the use of antibiotics on animals was helping to breed resistant bacteria—an estimated 100,000 people a year now die from hospital-acquired bacterial infections that can no longer be treated with most antibiotics, thanks to resistance. (More on Time.com: See a package on who should share the blame for the oil spill)Here s how the Times described the policy:While doing nothing to change the present oversight of antibiotics,lululemon usa, the document is the first signal in years that the agency intends to rejoin the battle to crack down on agricultural uses of antibiotics that many infectious disease experts oppose.Doesn t sound like a big deal, right? Drugs like penicillin and tetracycline were developed to help sick people, and it might stand to reason that they should be preserved for use in sick people—not to speed the growth of pigs,lululemon running clothes, chicken and cattle. And given the scale of the problem—according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), about 13 million lbs. or 70% of all antibiotics in the U.S. goes to food animal production—the FDA s statement was just a baby step. As Deputy FDA Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein told reporters in a news conference after the recommendation was made: We re not expecting people to pick up this guidance and change their practice tomorrow. This is the first step in the FDA establishing the principles from which we could then move,lulu yoga shorts, if necessary, toward other mechanisms of oversight, which is regulation. Sharfstein was so cautious he might as well have been wearing a flak jacket and a crash helmet while speaking. (More on Time.com: See photos of a Mexican meth gang waging a holy drug war)But he has reason to be careful. the powerful agriculture industry has fought every attempt by federal regulators to crack down on the use of antibiotics in animals—and they ve won every time . The meat industry argues that antibiotic use in animals is far lower than its critics say—the Animal Health Institute, a trade group, estimates that just 13% of all agricultural antibiotics are used for growth promotion, with the rest going to treat sick animals or prevent illness. And they ll fight hard against any attempt by the government to limit their ability to dispense drugs to the millions of swine, chicken and cattle being raised for food in the U.S. Show us the science that use of antibiotics in animal production is causing this antibiotic resistance, Dave Warner of the National Pork Council told the Washington Post.It is difficult to make the direct connection between an antibiotic being used on a pig in Iowa and a person dying from drug-resistant Salmonella in a hospital in New York. But there s no disputing that doctors are increasingly worried about the rise of resistant bacteria and the threat the problem poses to each of us. The CentersRelated articles:

  
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