“By the early 1970s, a task force of veterinarians and medical professionals from the FDA, the Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published findings concluding that antibiotic overuse does, in fact, lead to antibiotic resistance. That led to a proposal in 1977 that penicillin and tetracycline, two of the most valuable antibiotics in human medicine, be withdrawn from use in livestock.
“Then the agency sat on that proposal for 35 years. During that time, two citizen petitions were filed, one in 1999 and another in 2005, asking the FDA to withdraw approvals for all uses of antibiotics in animals except to treat them when sick. By 2005, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S., some 30 million pounds per year, were given to livestock.”
“‘The EU has banned all growth promotion uses of these products. Farmers there haven’t used penicillin and tetracycline since the 1970s. We’re pretty far behind.‘ He adds that farmers in Denmark, who export more pork than any other country in Europe, have actually increased production since the country enacted some of the toughest restrictions on antibiotics.”
-Emily Main, “Court to FDA: Protecting Public Health Isn’t Time Consuming.” Rodale.com