Ruling on FDA’s Oversight of Animal Antibiotic Use Called ‘Big Blow to Public Health’

July 25, 2014 5:13 AM

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Ruling on FDA’s Oversight of Animal Antibiotic Use Called ‘Big Blow to Public Health’

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not required to hold hearings concerning the safety of feeding antibiotics at subtherapeutic levels.

The ruling overturns two district court rulings from 2012 in a case initially filed in 2011 by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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