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FDA proposes measuring antibiotics in feed

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:829
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    The problem of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains in the American food supply has once again come under scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the past few weeks, the agency has proposed a plan to test and report on the quantity and human health implications of antibiotics routinely added to animal feed.

    Opponents of feed antibiotics say that their use increases the likelihood of the development of pathogens resistant to antibiotics. In early March, a coalition of 41 health and consumer groups …

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