The federal Food and Drug Administration’s call for the livestock industry to voluntarily stop dosing healthy animals with antibiotics is “is long overdue and inadequate,” said the executive director of the Environmental Working Group, Heather White, earlier this week.
“Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are omnipresent in much of the U.S. meat supply,” said White. “We need a bold and aggressive plan to address this public health problem. Instead, the FDA has developed a weak proposal riddled with loopholes that could allow industry to continue its widespread use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.”
White made these points: