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FDA Withdraws Proposal To Limit Livestock Antibiotic Use, Raising Public Health Concerns
First Posted: 12/23/11 04:06 PM ET Updated: 12/23/11 04:32 PM ET
by Lynne Peeples

FDA Withdraws Proposal To Limit Livestock Antibiotic Use, Raising Public Health Concerns
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday its withdrawal of a decades-old proposal to limit the use of antibiotics in animal feed, a move experts say could have dire implications for public health.

Experts warn the common and often unnecessary practice is decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics in human medicine and increasing the deadly threat of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other difficult-to-treat infections.

"This is a step backwards in protecting the public from the rise...
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