HEADLINES Published October16, 2015 By Faye Jimenea

'FDA' Condemns Use Of Antibiotics in Farm Animals, Vegetables

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In order to meet the daily nutritional demand of consumers, food sources nowadays include medicinal and other supplements. However, it is still meat that takes up most of people's nutritional intake each day.

Animals that are commonly used as meat (cow, pig, and chicken) sources are reported to be injected with antibiotics, which may cause antibiotic resistant bacteria to thrive in them. 

Reportedly, 23,000 human deaths have been caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria in the past.

In relation to this, the Food and Drug Administration is finally making a move to lower these numbers and to decrease the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria ultimately.

They are now urging farmers to minimize the use of medically important antibiotics, or those that are used both on animals and humans, for development production or any other reasons in the meat industry.

The regulation the FDA has created for minimal use of antibiotics will be effective in December 2016.

There have been many reported cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria that can be traced back to the food source. This includes an instance of a salmonella outbreak wherein the microorganism was traced back to ground beef sold in a supermarket.

Aside from meat, vegetables can also be a possible carrier of antibiotic resistant bacteria. In addition, even soil that has bean treated with antibiotics could ultimately cause the vegetables to retain some traces of it.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that two million Americans get sick each year because of bacterial infections that are highly antibiotic resistant.

Antibiotics have saved millions of life all through the years, from the time it was discovered back in 1928, and by 1969 it has become very successful in fighting bacterial infections in the U.S.

But with the adamant use of antibiotics in the animal and farming industry, there may come a time that instead of being helpful, antibiotics might become a big problem.  

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