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    U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Farmers and ranchers will for the first time need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics in farm animals, in hopes that more judicious use of the drugs will reduce the tens of thousands of human deaths that result each year from the drugs’ overuse.




    The Food and Drug Administration announced the new rule Wednesday after trying for more than 35 years to stop farmers and ranchers from feeding antibiotics to cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals simply to help the animals grow larger. Using small amounts of antibiotics over long periods of time leads to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the drugs’ effects, endangering humans who become infected but cannot be treated with routine antibiotic therapy.
    At least two million people are sickened and an estimated 99,000 die every year from hospital-acquired infections, the majority of which result from such resistant strains. It is unknown how many of these illnesses and deaths result from agricultural uses of antibiotics, but about 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animals.
    Michael Taylor, the F.D.A.’s deputy commissioner for food, predicted that the new restrictions would save lives because farmers would have to convince a veterinarian that their animals were either sick or at risk of getting a specific illness. Just using the drugs for growth will be disallowed and, it is hoped, this will cut their use sharply. The new requirements will also make obtaining antibiotics more cumbersome and expensive.
    “We’re confident that it will result in significant reductions in agricultural antibiotic use,” Mr. Taylor said. “That’s why we’re doing this.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/us....html?src=recg



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Tens of thousands of deaths? Boogie boogie.

    Appears to be an exaggeration of an extrapolation.



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    sooooo


    mucchhhhh


    faiiilllllll

    (in that article)



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Tens of thousands of deaths? Boogie boogie.

    Appears to be an exaggeration of an extrapolation.
    Everybody wants to put their own spin on a topic, sometimes leading to "misstating" facts for the purpose of getting more viewers/readers/website visitors. Do your own search and see how various outlets try to cover this announcement from FDA using their own language. How many actually include all facts?

    Read the April 11 FDA announcement. FDA takes steps to protect public health

    And, regarding this NYT sentence: It is unknown how many of these illnesses and deaths result from agricultural uses of antibiotics, but about 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animals.
    See this article http://www.meatpoultry.com/News/News...20critics.aspx


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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Tens of thousands is a bit of a stretch.



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    good move here



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Seems like a no brainer.



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    wow, read the reader comments, that is exactly why im worried about the future of this planet, stupidity breeding.

    My favorite was the "look at those pigs in that picture. crammed in their fighting for food, horrifying"

    When I saw the picture i thought finally they used a decent picture!

    ya those pigs look terrified lol!



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    good move here
    I agree. Exaggerated scare tactics don't serve them well though.



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Any increased costs in raising livestock will be passed onto consumers.

    Is this going to change things that drastically? Not really.

    It is probably a good middle ground since neither the livestock groups or the activists are extremely happy with it.



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    This is a good start.


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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Saw this the other day and thought it might be appropriate to relate it to a thread like this:

    Subterranean bacteria are prepared to survive antibiotics - latimes.com
    No place on Earth demonstrates the resilience or inventiveness of life quite like Lechuguilla Cave, whose subterranean tunnels stretch for 130 miles through Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

    Deep in the cave's mostarid recesses, deprived of all sunlight and mostly starved of life-giving water, a lush garden of bacteria grows. Untouched by humans for all of their 4 million years, these strains of bacteria thrive on the harsh minerals of the geological formations to which they cling and fend off other life forms that would prey on them.

    It is a simple life. But new research suggests it could tell us volumes about the medicines doctors rely upon to combat infection and why, increasingly, they are failing.

    Scientists who collected 93 strains of bacteria from the forbidding depths of Lechuguilla found that all were resistant to at least one of the antibiotics that modern medicine uses to fight bacterial infections and some were resistant to at least 14. In addition, virtually all of the 26 antibiotics tested as part of the study proved useless in killing at least one of the strains of bacteria collected.

    That these life forms evolved in ways that appear to anticipate medicines attests to bacteria's remarkable powers of survival. It also suggests that the rise in antibiotic- resistant diseases isn't due entirely to the runaway use of these drugs; rather, try as you might to kill them, bacteria are programmed to endure.


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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Quote Originally Posted by rholtgraves View Post
    This is a good start.
    I keep seeing this posted on articles. A good start for what?



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    I'll listen when someone can prove or link an antibiotic's use in livestock and its resistance in humans.

    TykeClone's thing he just posted just goes to show that antibiotics aren't perfect, and I don't think everyone expected them to be. They are a tool to be used as necessary.



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    Re: U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms3r4ISU View Post
    And, regarding this NYT sentence: It is unknown how many of these illnesses and deaths result from agricultural uses of antibiotics, but about 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animals.
    See this article Meat & Poultry | Livestock antibiotic use wildly overestimated by critics
    Even if 80% of antibiotics are used in animals, let's think about that for a minute.

    There are roughly 300 million people in the US. There are 9 billion chickens butchered for food in the US every year. This does not include the 280 million laying hens. There are over 270 million turkeys in the US, 40 million beef and dairy cattle, 200,000 livestock bison, over 60 million swine, and 2-4 million goats in the US. And those are just the most common agricultural animals - this does not include pets or zoo animals.

    Since dosage is related to body weight, think about this. The body weight of the cattle alone would approximately equal the body weight of the entire human population.


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