Federal Judge: FDA Must Act to Stem Antibiotics Overuse in Animal Feed

Public Health Victory: FDA Must Act to Stem Antibiotics Overuse in Animal Feed

NRDC: “The rise of superbugs that we see now was predicted by FDA in the 70’s”

By  Common Dreams staff
March 23, 2012

Yesterday a federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act on the growing human health threats caused by the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed.

The FDA had started proceedings in 1977 over concerns that antibiotics, including commonly used tetracyclines and penicillin, could promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of infecting people, but the proceedings were never completed, leaving the use of the antibiotics appoved.

If the makers of the drugs can’t provide evidence that their use is safe, the FDA must withdraw their approval, U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz ruled yesterday.

Roughly 70% of all U.S. antibiotics are used for livestock.

The decision results from a lawsuit filed last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Margaret Mellon, senior scientist with UCS’s Food & Environment Program, stated, “This ruling is an important victory for public health.”

“The rise of superbugs that we see now was predicted by FDA in the 70’s,” said NRDC attorney Jen Sorenson. “Thanks to the Court’s order, drug manufacturers will finally have to do what FDA should have made them do 35 years ago: prove that their drugs are safe for human health, or take them off the market.”

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Union of Concerned Scientists: Judge Rules FDA Must Act to Protect Americans from Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock
Statement by Margaret Mellon, senior scientist with UCS’s Food & Environment Program:

“This ruling is an important victory for public health. The FDA has known since the 1970s that the routine use of powerful antibiotics in livestock leads to the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which cause infections that are more difficult to treat in both people and animals.

“For the past 35 years, while advocates and citizens alike have been urging FDA to take action, the problem has steadily worsened and FDA has sat on its hands, which begs the question of whose interests the agency is protecting.

“This ruling changes the landscape at FDA, making it clear that the agency has a statutory obligation to use its legal authority to cancel the approvals for uses of veterinary drugs the agency has found to be unsafe. The ruling calls into question policies that rely on companies to voluntarily withdraw label claims.

“The glacial pace of the FDA response on animal antibiotics is unacceptable. The agency needs to curb the unnecessary uses of vital antibiotics in animal agriculture. Peoples’ lives depend on it.”

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Court Orders FDA to Address Antibiotic Overuse in Livestock and Protect Effectiveness of Medicine for Humans

NEW YORK – March 23 – The Food and Drug Administration must act to address the growing human health threats resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, according to a federal court ruling issued last night. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) last year.

“For over 35 years ago, FDA has sat idly on the sidelines largely letting the livestock industry police itself,” said Avinash Kar, NRDC health attorney. “In that time, the overuse of antibiotics in healthy animals has skyrocketed – contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that endanger human health. Today, we take a long overdue step toward ensuring that we preserve these life-saving medicines for those who need them most – people.

“These drugs are intended to cure disease, not fatten pigs and chickens,” Kar said.

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In February, David Wallinga, M.D., of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy gave a TEDX talk “Raising Pigs & Problems: Saying No to Antibiotics in Animal Feed.”
Physician, writer and full-time advocate, David Wallinga, M.D., represents the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) as a de facto doctor to the nation’s ailing food system. Through his work, Dr. Wallinga sheds a spotlight- and a public health lens- on the less savory side of the food system, like mercury in high fructose corn syrup, or arsenic being fed to chickens and turkeys. His 2010 essay on farm policy and the obesity epidemic in Health Affairs helped launch unprecedented interest in the health of the 2012 Farm Bill; subsequently, dozens of the nation’s medical and public luminaries have signed onto IATP’s Charter for a Healthy Farm Bill . Dr. Wallinga has also served as the only physician on the steering committee of Keep Antibiotics Working : The Campaign to End Antibiotic Overuse since 2000.  Source

More information at http://www.tedxmanhattan.org

Factory Farming is the cause, for the use of Antibiotics.

There a number of videos on Factory Farming in the link  below. One should see how animals are treated. Not a pretty sight. Very cruel.

McDonald’s drops U.S. egg supplier over ‘disturbing’ animal-cruelty video

This also happens to the animals. Be sure to check it out.

Side affects of Antibiotics in Humans

Antibiotics also kill all bacteria, even the Frendly Bacterisa

This of course would also happen to all animals fed Antibiotics in their food.

Antibiotics, one of the wonder drugs of the 20th century, have helped overcome many diseases that previously may have resulted in death or disablement. However, we now know that antibiotics have limitations and their use and misuse has frequently led to ill health. There are a number of bacteria that have developed partial or total resistance to some antibiotics. Furthermore, broad-spectrum antibiotics don’t distinguish between “bad” and “good” bacteria. They kill the probiotics along with the bad bacteria and this may be one of the worst side effects of using antibiotics. The pathogenic bacteria will invade the digestive tract and multiplies in high numbers. This disturbs the delicate balance between the good, beneficial probiotics and bad bacteria.

Probiotics not only collectively provide profound health benefits, such as vastly improved digestion and nutrient absorption, but probiotics also provide superior protection against the invasion of foreign pathogens and other infectious agents.

  • improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • dramatically improve human immune function.
  • protect against invasion of foreign pathogens and other infectious agents and enhance the immune system’s ability to fight infections;
  • provide a main source of Vitamin K;
  • lower cholesterol by metabolizing it;
  • control bowel toxicity and decrease the risk of bowel cancer; and
  • reduce gas production by non-disease-producing microorganisms.
  • protect the body from the potentially devastating effects of accumulated toxins and carcinogenic substances.
  • produce short chain fatty adds that are converted into energy.
  • help protect against unhealthy cholesterol buildup that could lead to cardiovascular disease and even death.

There are negative effects resulting from loss of probiotics:

  • Loss of probiotics lead to the overgrowth of detrimental, disease-causing bacteria & yeasts e.g. Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Clostridium dificile, Yersinia enterocolitica, etc
  • Loss of probiotics contribute to digestive problems such as leaky gut syndrome, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease, diverticulitis etc
  • Loss of probiotics allow specific detrimental bacteria to thrive that have been proven to cause severe health problems. E.g. E. Coli may lead to problems with insulin and blood sugar function. Yersinia enterocolitica, a pathogenic bacterium, produces substances that cause the over-production of the thyroid hormone. This detrimental bacterium, reportedly, contributes to autoimmune diseases.
  • Loss Of probiotics lead to the production of endotoxins in the digestive tract, which contributes to conditions like lupus erythematosus, pancreatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • Loss of probiotics allow entry of partially digested proteins to the bloodstream contributing to eczema, nervous system disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other immune system disorders  Source


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They have Lied about the Safety of our Food And Still Do

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found residues from animal antibiotics in common produce, says a new study. Spreading raw manure on fields from animals treated with antibiotics is a common practice on conventional farms. Unfortunately scientists have now discovered that vegetables like corn, cabbage and green onions absorb those antibiotics, which are then ingested by consumers. “Vegetarians may think the huge overuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry will not affect them, but that’s not true,” stated Margaret Mellon, the director of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Consumers eating vegetables grown on soil fertilized with manure may be unknowingly ingesting antibiotics.” Regular consumption of these antibiotics can then cause bacteria in the body to become resistant.
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What’s in the Meat You Eat?
Did you know that approximately 70 percent of all antibiotics and related drugs produced in the United States are given to livestock and poultry? These drugs are used for nontherapeutic purposes such as accelerating growth and preventing the diseases caused by overcrowded and unsanitary conditions on “factory farms.” Unfortunately, this practice results in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause difficult-to-treat diseases in humans.

Overuse leaves drug useless against avian influenza
Farmers in China have been using an antiviral drug meant for humans to control avian influenza in their chickens since the late 1990s. As a result, the subtype of avian influenza that is considered most likely to trigger a human pandemic has developed resistance to the drug. It’s the first time overuse in animal agriculture of an antiviral, rather than an antibiotic, has compromised the efficacy of a human drug in a major way. The Chinese government encouraged farmers to use the drug, called amantadine, although such use is banned in the United States and many other countries. The only remaining drug that could be used to treat humans, oseltamivir, is prohibitively expensive and difficult to obtain. The situation is a dramatic example of why UCS advocates against the inappropriate use in animal agriculture of drugs that are valuable in human medicine. Read the Washington Post article about the story.

USDA criticized on mad cow investigation
The second case of mad cow disease in the U.S. – the first in a U.S.-born cow – was confirmed in June. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been criticized for: not releasing the news until last month, although initial tests were done last November; mislabeling the sample; and not running a confirmatory test sooner after one test was positive and another produced an inconclusive result. The positive reading of mad cow was finally confirmed by a laboratory in England. The USDA screens only one cow in 90 for mad cow disease, while Europe screens one cow in four and Japan screens every cow it slaughters. The USDA also allows risky practices to continue, such as feeding chicken litter that may contain cow parts back to cattle. Read the New York Times article about the case here.

Monsanto Corn Study raises safety questions: According to the study, rats that were fed MON 863 had smaller kidneys and elevated levels of white blood cells and lymphocytes compared to those that were fed conventional corn. In the United States and Canada, farmers have been growing MON 863 corn since 2003. (Also Check Dangerous Chemicals for more information)

Also, ¾ way down page is info on MSG.

FDA Lists 92 Symptoms from Nutrasweet (Aspartame)
(including Death!)

Many links to aspartame info.

Support group for aspartame victims.

The information on msgtruth.org is a culmination of the important independent research regarding the food additive Monosodium Glutamate. msgtruth.org is a not-for-profit site created by scientific, caring citizens trained in food science, food processing, and biology, who no longer work for the food industry.

You or someone you care about is suffering from puzzling chronic conditions such as headaches, stomach disorders, fatigue, depression, and many other problems. Tests have come up negative and you want answers.

Definitions & links.

This Web site contains a great deal of information that those who are sensitive to processed free glutamic acid (MSG), or people who simply want to avoid the substance, will find useful. It also contains information about the glutamate industry’s infrastructure, their stable of industry sponsored scientists, their public relations firms, and some of the methods they use to convince the public that neurotoxic MSG is “safe.”

(Splenda) Sucralose Toxicity Info Center

Splenda, or Sucralose, is a chlorocarbon. The chlorocarbons have long been famous for causing organ, genetic, and reproductive damage.

Articles on many things that we are told are “safe”.

Iowa, North Carolina are top users of antibiotics in livestock
A new report by Environmental Defense ranks antibiotic use in animal agriculture by state. Iowa ranks highest in antibiotic use, with 2.2 million pounds of medically important antibiotics fed to livestock annually, followed by North Carolina with 1.7 million pounds. Delaware is the most intensive user, with 187,000 pounds of antibiotics per thousand square miles. People living in areas with intensive use of antibiotics as feed additives may be at greater risk of contracting antibiotic-resistant infections. The rankings were based on data taken from UCS’s report (2000). Read the new report, Resistant Bugs and Antibiotic Drugs (PDF).

The results of our study indicate the following:Tetracycline, penicillin, erythromycin, and other antimicrobials that are important in human use are used extensively in the absence of disease for nontherapeutic purposes in today’s livestock production.

Cattle, swine, and poultry are routinely given antimicrobials throughout their lives. Many of the antimicrobials given to livestock are important in human medicine.

The overall quantity of antimicrobials used in agriculture is enormous.Many consumers will be surprised to find that tens of millions of pounds of antimicrobials are used in livestock systems. We estimate that every year livestock producers in the United States use 24.6 million pounds of antimicrobials in the absence of disease for nontherapeutic purposes: approximately 10.3 million pounds in hogs, 10.5 million pounds in poultry, and 3.7 million pounds in cattle. The tonnage would be even higher if antimicrobials used therapeutically for animals were included.

GM soy hit harder by Brazil’s drought than conventional varieties

English IPS News via NewsEdge Corporation : RIO DE JANEIRO — Drought in southern Brazil has reduced this year’s important soybean harvest dramatically in Rio Grande do Sul state — and added fuel to the heated national debate about transgenic crops.

Genetically modified (GM) soy, which accounts for the majority of soybean production in the southern state, suffered greater losses than conventional soy varieties, according to reports by local growers.

Following the example of Germany, Denmark has passed a law that will punish farmers planting genetically engineered (GE) crops if they contaminate the crops or fields of organic or non-GE farmers. Because GE crops sell for less than organic or conventional crops, farmers whose fields are contaminated by drifting GE pollen undergo major financial losses. Under the new law, if a farmer is growing conventional or organic crops, and their field is contaminated by drifting GE pollen, the farmer will be compensated for their losses by the government. The Denmark government will then recoup those costs from the farmer whose field the GE pollen originated in.


It is in the Food We Eat. This is a World Problem.

Monsanto Produced Agent Orange, which is a Herbicide and better Known as Lasso which was used and is still being used in some countries by Farmers, I am not positive so don’t quote me on that. It has profound side affects such as Diabetes, cancer and Spina Bifida and other deformities. The side affects are huge in number and has affected millions around the world. If Roundup is comparable we are in trouble. You are what you eat and it does get into food. When it rains the Herbicide or Pesticide goes into the ground and into the plants and into the fruit or whatever the food part of the plant may be. Then you eat it and become ill. Don’t have to be a genius or rocket scientist to know that one.

A pesticide is a Nerve Gas Pure and simple.

New studies: Monsanto’s best selling “safe” pesticide is highly toxic
Source: Organic Consumers Association

Two new peer-reviewed scientific studies have further confirmed the toxicity of glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used herbicide. The June 2005 scientific journal “Environmental Health Perspectives” reports that glyphosate, sold by Monsanto under the brand name “Roundup,” damages human placental cells at exposure levels ten times less than what the company claims is safe. A study in the August journal Ecological Applications found that even when applied at concentrations that are one-third of the maximum concentrations typically found in waterways, Roundup still killed up to 71 percent of tadpoles in the study.

Similar glyphosate studies around the world have been equally alarming. The American Academy of Family Physicians epidemiological research has now linked exposure to the herbicide with increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a life-threatening cancer, while a Canadian study has linked glyphosate exposure with increased risk for miscarriage. A 2002 study linked glyphosate exposure with increased incidence of attention deficit disorder in children. Despite these studies, Monsanto continues to advertise Roundup, sprayed heavily on 140 million acres of genetically engineered crops across the world, as one of the “safest” pesticides on the market.

Organic Consumers Association

Learn more and take action
There is more information in Dangerous Chemicals about Monsanto as well at this site.

Monsanto claims patents on Pigs in 160 countries
Monsanto Petition against Pig Patents

MSG Food Additive is a Slow Poison

This was sent to me by a friend today. I checked out some web sites and found a couple of others on the subject. What a sneaky underhanded way to create sick people. Profiteers.

You are what you eat for sure.

MSG – used in Coffee – (read this for sure) please read

this. It is startling!! Food additive “MSG” is a Slow Poison. Slow Poisoning
MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as “Natural Flavoring”.

MSG is also in your favorite Tim Horton’s and other
brand coffee shops! Pass this on to those who still may be unaware
or disbelieving of the dangers of MSG. I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity
epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research
assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and
spent years working for the government.
He made an amazing discovery while going through
scientific journals for a book he was writing called “The Slow
Poisoning of America “. In hundreds of studies around the world,
scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or
diabetes test studies.

No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the
scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese
creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The
MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates; causing rats
(and humans?) to become obese. They even have a title for the fat
rodents they create: “MSG-Treated Rats”.

I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the
cupboards and the fridge. MSG was in everything! The Campbell ‘s
soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top
Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson
frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the
‘healthy low fat’ ones.
The items that didn’t have MSG marked on the product
label had something called ”Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein”,
which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was
shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children
everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many
different names in order to fool those who carefully read the
ingredient list, so they don’t catch on. (Other names for MSG:
‘Accent’ – ‘Aginomoto’ – ‘Natural Meet Tenderizer’ etc)
But it didn’t stop there.

When our family went out to eat, we started asking at
the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the
managers, swore they didn’t use MSG. But when we ask for the
ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and
Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King,
McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell , every restaurant, even the sit down
ones like TGIF, Chilis’, Applebees and Denny’s use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in
every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to
eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat?.. Is it a preservative or a vitamin??
Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote,
an expose of the food additive industry called “The Slow Poisoning
of America” he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive
effect it has on the human body.

Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food
manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG explains
that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A
study of the elderly showed that people eat more of the foods that
it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says
eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of
us? ‘Bet you can’t eat just one’, takes on a whole new meaning where
MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight?

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts
people to their products. It makes people choose their product over
others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG
wasn’t added.

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity,
it is an addictive substance! Since its introduction into the
food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in
larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks and
fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. The FDA has set no
limits on how much of it can be added to food.

They claim it’s safe to eat in any amount. How can
they claim it safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies
with titles like these? : – The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat
as a model for the study of exercise in obesity’. Gobatto CA, Mello
MA, Souza CT,
Ribeiro IA.Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic
serotonin release in both normal and monosodium
glutamate-obese rats’. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C,
Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate
treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of
multiple risk factors’.

Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N,
Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium
glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity’.
Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol.
1978 Oct.

Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978.
Both the “medical research community” and “food
manufacturers” have known about MSG’s side effects for decades!
Many more studies mentioned in John Erb’s book link MSG to Diabetes,
Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even
Alzheimer’s. But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from
dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing
the obesity epidemic we now see?

Even as you read this, G. W. Bush and his corporate
supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress called the “Personal
Responsibility in Food Consumption Act” also known as the
“Cheeseburger Bill”, this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food
manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it comes out that
they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods.

The Bill has already been rushed through the House of
Representatives, and is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate
level. It is important that Bush and his corporate supporters
get it through before the media lets everyone know
about ‘MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food’.

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his
concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada.
While sitting in the Government office, the official
told him “Sure I know how bad MSG is, I wouldn’t touch the stuff!”
But this top level government official refused to tell the public
what he knew.

The big media doesn’t want to tell the public either,
fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the
fallout on fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The
food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their
products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our
children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive
food additive. But what can I do about it?… I’m just one voice!

What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children,
while our governments are insuring financial protection for the
industry that is poisoning us!

This e-mail is going out to everyone I know in an
attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate owned politicians
and media won’t tell you.

The best way you can help to save yourself and your
children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email
to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before
politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are
poisoning us. The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco
industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place
before someone blew the whistle on Nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that
MSG is good for us, and you don’t believe what John Erb has to say,
see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine

Type in the words “MSG Obese”
and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We the public, do not want to be rats in one giant experiment and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry’s bottom line, while waiting for the heart transplant, diabetic induced amputation, blindness or other obesity induced, life threatening disorders. With your help we can put an end to this poison. Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail or by distribution of this print-out to all your friends all over the world and stop this ‘Slow Poisoning of Mankind’ by the packaged food industry.

Here is another site with Information about this as well

Information about obesity and other effects of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) and where it is hidden in cosmetics, drugs, dietary supplements, vaccines, infant formula, and food fed to people and animals. Loads of Information at this site.

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