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    Default Antibiotics sales for use in U.S. farm animals rose in 2015: FDA

    Lisa Baertlein and Tom Polansek
    Dec 22, 2016

    U.S. sales and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals increased 1 percent from 2014 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report on Thursday.
    Scientists have warned that regular use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent illness in healthy farm animals contributes to the rise of dangerous, antibiotic-resistant "superbug" infections, which kill at least 23,000 Americans each year and pose a significant threat to global health.
    An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics used to fight human infections and to ensure the safety of surgery and other invasive procedures are sold in the United States for use in meat production.
    In 2015, sales and distribution of those medically important antibiotics for food production rose 2 percent, the FDA said.

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    So much for "self policing" by the industry…

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