January 9, 2012 |
Only 20% of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are given to people who are sick with bacterial infections, such as ear and urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Most of the penicillin, tetracycline and other antibiotic drugs used in this country are given to livestock that are perfectly healthy. Farmers have been putting these medicines in animal feed since the 1950s. They say the drugs help protect herds from infectious diseases and help animals grow faster. But for at least 40 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been concerned that the widespread practice may be fueling the growth of human pathogens that are no longer vulnerable to doctors' front-line drugs.
March 12, 2013
There is no market these days for horse meat in this country. The last horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. stopped production in 2007, the result of laws in Illinois and Texas banning horse slaughter or the sale of horse meat for human consumption. That same year, a congressional appropriations bill that included a rider banning the funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection of horse meat went into effect. And without inspections, U.S. plants can't sell meat anywhere in the world.
September 6, 2003
Re "Sprawling Suburbs Adding to Nation's Obesity Problem, Researchers Say," Aug. 29: Two unmentioned causes: Hours per day spent in front of a TV or computer screen and weight-gain promoters (including hormones) given to food animals. Diana Amsden Santee
December 16, 2013 |
Antibacterial soap is great stuff - if you're talking about just plain old regular soap. Because all soap combats bacteria. It doesn't need germ-killing chemicals added to do that. The difference is that regular soap doesn't act so much to “kill” bacteria as it binds to it, removing it from our hands or whatever we're washing. But Americans have been sold in recent years on these so-called antibacterial soaps, despite the lack of evidence that they do anything to keep people healthier than plain soap, and might in fact have the opposite effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1986
Your editorial concern (Jan. 19), "Food: Keep the Faith," for the continued safety of American meat, eggs and milk products is shared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Action to eliminate deficiencies found in a congressional hearing last July is already well under way. Unfortunately, the recently published hearing report, on which you editorialized, did not reflect these improvements. Nor did the House subcommittee, in saying that a good many veterinary products are sold without pre-marketing approval; note that these include horse liniments, dog wormers, vitamins and minerals and so on--old products that have posed no danger to humans.
December 12, 2013 |
Finally, meaningful new guidelines have been written to stem the overuse of antibiotics on livestock. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration proposed new animal-husbandry practices that would phase out the routine use of medications such as tetracycline and penicillin on animals if the drugs are considered medically important for the treatment of disease in humans. The lavish use of antibiotics among livestock operations - 80% of all antibiotics in the country are fed to food animals - has contributed to the rise of resistant infections that are difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible to treat.