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Court Rules FDA Must Reconsider Petitions for Antibiotic Ban

A federal judge ruled this week that the FDA must reconsider previously denied petitions to ban the use of certain medically important antibiotics used in animal agriculture.

The order comes just a few days after the FDA issued a notice it will appeal a magistrate judge’s March ruling, which found that the agency unlawfully failed to act on its own 1977 proposal to ban penicillin and two types of tetracycline from animal feed despite evidence of a public health risk.

As part of its defense, the FDA has pointed to its new voluntary guidance promoting the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal production…

Read the full story at Food Safety News

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