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FDA Refusal to Ban Livestock Antibiotics Arbitrary, Groups Say

Jan. 25, 2023, 4:01 PM

The US Food and Drug Administration “arbitrarily denied” a petition to ban the use of medically important antibiotics to prevent disease in healthy livestock and poultry, posing a “grave threat to people’s health,” a group of nonprofit organizations allege.

The FDA denied the petition despite “scientific, medical, and public health evidence, including FDA’s own findings, that overwhelmingly conclude that these drug uses are contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria” that are transferred to humans, the groups said in their complaint filed in the US District Court for the District of Maryland.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Citizen, Alliance ...