Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Agency will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily discontinue the flagging of drugs for animal use

Recognizing that humans have grown increasingly immune to antibiotics due to their overuse, the Food and Drug Administration has announced new guidelines to phase out their overuse as a growth enhancer in livestock. Cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics to prevent illness and make the animals grow faster. The FDA will now ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling antibiotics intended for humans as acceptable for that growth promotion in animals.

The McDonald's fast-food chain has since moved to limit the drugs in meat and has persuaded many other animal producers to follow suit.

The McDonald's fast-food chain has since moved to limit the drugs in meat and has persuaded many other animal producers to follow suit.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Food and Drug Administration, antibiotics, livestock


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - If this finds popular support - and one major pharmaceutical company has already agreedĀ  - antibiotics to promote growth in animals would become illegal. Only authorized prescriptions would be required to use the drugs for animal illnesses.

The agency has long been debating on how to address this issue. The McDonald's fast-food chain has since moved to limit the drugs in meat and has persuaded many other animal producers to follow suit.

Consumers have grown more aware of the practice and are now advocating antibiotic-free meat. The medical community has likewise become increasingly worried over the past several years by new strains of bacteria that cannot be controlled by a wide range of current antibiotics. The emergence of these "superbugs" is due to the repeated exposure to meat that contained antibiotics.

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released serious statistics last September that more than 23,000 people a year die from drug-resistant infections.

"We need to be selective about the drugs we use in animals and when we use them," William Flynn of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine says. "Antimicrobial resistance may not be completely preventable, but we need to do what we can to slow it down."

The FDA recommendation gives companies three years to comply.

FDA's Deputy Commissioner of Foods Michael Taylor said that he believes asking industry to make the changes is the fastest way to help phase the drugs out. Should the practice become mandatory, he said, the agency would have had to move forward with a complex regulatory process that could take years.

"We have high confidence based on dialogue with industry that this initiative will succeed," Taylor said.

A leading manufacturer of animal antibiotics, Zoetis says that they will comply. "This reflects our continued commitment to antibiotic stewardship and represents the many ways that Zoetis promotes the responsible use of antimicrobial drugs in animals," the company's statement said.

While agreeing to the guidelines is voluntary, Taylor said the FDA would be able to take regulatory action against companies that fail to comply once they have said they will change their labels.



---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Health

Heart pump, size of a golf ball, could change lives of millions of patients Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Retired father-of-three, 63-year-old Harry Chivers suffered a heart attack last year. His health failing, he anxiously awaited for a possible heart transplant when he was offered the chance to become a pioneer in heart health research. Fitted with a heart pump ... continue reading


Do you know what a can of Coke really does to your body? Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Although Coke and sodas are a favorite for people all over the world, sodas are something that slowly changes our health and can lead into a number of diseases from the high amount of processed sugar. Starting from the first 10 minutes after a can of Coke is consumed, ... continue reading


Discovery of five different kinds of prostate cancer heralded as breakthrough Watch

Image of While many men have prostate cancer, it can grow so slowly it might not cause any problems until the patient eventually dies of something else.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered the most common cancer among men can be classified into five types, depending on its DNA. This is a breakthrough in prostate cancer research, and once the type of cancer is identified, the patient's survival rate ... continue reading


8-year-old boy becomes youngest double-hand transplant patient Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Surgeons believe 8-year-old Zion Harvey is the youngest to receive a double-hand transplant. The boy lost both of his hands over a severe infection years ago and opted to go through a transplant with the support of his parents. After the initial success of the ... continue reading


World's first malaria vaccine wins approval from European drug regulators Watch

Image of Mosquirix must first win agreement from African governments as the vaccine only offers only partial protection.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The world's first malaria vaccine is a go with European drug regulators after it was recommended safe and effective for babies at risk of the 'mosquito-born disease' in Africa. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called Mosquirix, the vaccine was developed by ... continue reading


560-pound man sets out to bike across the U.S. to lose weight and save his marriage Watch

Image of [Photo by: ABC News]

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

To try to live a healthy life, get a job and save his failing marriage, a 560-pound man decided to embark on a biking journey across the United States. He has already traveled about 90 miles since he started last month and has lost around 60 pounds during the first two ... continue reading


Catholic organization's approach to female reproductive health a 'game changer' Watch

Image of Together with his colleagues, Dr. Thomas Hilgers developed NaPro (Natural Procreative) Technology. In Omaha in 1985, they founded the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, and in 1999 formally created the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.

By Gabrielle Cubera, CNA EWTN News

With the hope of providing authentic and ethical health care for women, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of Natural Procreative Technology, has worked for decades to establish a medical network that studies, understands, and treats the female fertility cycle. Omaha, ... continue reading


Have scientists found the key to shut off aging? New study with worms finds success Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists have uncovered how to switch off the aging process, during a recent study with worms, which could possibly lead to the process being successful in humans. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The new study showed that adult cells of worms shortly ... continue reading


New eye drops may soon replace cataract surgery Watch

Image of Vision could cease altogether if cataracts remain untreated. Cataracts cause more blindness worldwide than any other eye condition.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Inexpensive and easy to administer, a new eye drop may soon make cataract removal surgery obsolete. A frequent bane of existence that afflicts the elderly, the new drops dissolves the clumps of protein that clouds vision. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Cataract ... continue reading


Superhero DNA desired by pharmaceutical researchers for new drugs Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They don't have the ability to fly or come with laser eyes, but there are people who exist today with the "superhero" genes. Similar to the figures portrayed in media, these people have ordinary lives with extraordinary physical abilities because of uncommon biological ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Numbers 11:4-15
4 The rabble who had joined the people were feeling ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
12 So I left them to their stubborn selves, to follow ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21
13 When Jesus received this news he withdrew by boat ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 3rd, 2015 Image

St. Lydia Purpuraria
August 3: Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter