Dr. Michael Payne, veterinarian and livestock pharmacologist at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, UC Davis, says the FDA’s phasing out of certain antibiotic use in food animals is a win-win-win for consumers, regulators and the livestock industries.
New research provides evidence that antibiotic resistance has spread beyond hospitals and farms to wildlife. According to the CDC at least 2 million people each year in the United States alone are sickened by infections resistant to drugs.
According to a report released by the CDC the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections is increasing in the United States. More than two million people in the U.S. get drug-resistant infections annually and about 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.