CSPI Antibiotics Resistance Project
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Human-use antibiotics are used to treat animal disease
Antibiotics vital to treating infections in people also are permitted to treat flocks, herds, or individual sick animals.
Of course, veterinarians need antibiotics to treat infections when they arise. But the most important antibiotics for treating infections in people should not be allowed to be given to flocks of animals.
Giving flocks antibiotics has led to increased rates of bacterial resistance among foodborne pathogens.
The FDA estimates that 5,000 people per year have had their illness prolonged due to the use of a certain antibiotic in flocks of poultry.
CSPI Press release:
Consumer Group Urges FDA to Take Swift Action to Protect Effectiveness of Antibiotics