April 14, 2004, just-food.com:
Three of the world’s most influential food health
agencies are pushing for global rules regulating the feeding of
antibiotics to livestock.
Recommendations have been developed by the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization, the Office International des Épizooties (OIE)
and the World Health Organization following a joint-workshop. The
recommendations stem from mutual concern over anti-microbial resistance
developing in humans who eat the drug laden livestock.
They have suggested the development of risk assessments for using
these veterinary medicines that includes a “threshold of resistance”
concept triggering controls if such drugs are over-used. They also
proposed that a class of antibiotics be established - “critically-important”
to humans - whose use in animals should be banned outright.