Judge upholds FDA decision to ban poultry antibiotic

 
March 17, 2004, just-food.com: Fluoroquinolones, a type of antibiotic fed to chicken, can lead to drug-resistant food-poisoning bacteria ruled a judge for the Food and Drug Administration. A few years ago the US Food and Drug Administration concluded that the rise in the number of cases of people getting ill from antibiotic-resistant campylobacter, a bacteria mainly found in poultry, was due to the use of fluoroquinolones in chicken, reports the Associated Press.

As a result of the investigation, the FDA recommended a ban on the two fluoroquinolones used in poultry, prompting one company to take its drug, Sara Flox, off the market. Another company, Bayer Corp, protested the decision and has continued to sell its Baytril drug.

However, FDA Administrative Law Judge Daniel J Davidson has now upheld the FDA’s decision, and said there were “serious questions about the safety of Baytril use in poultry”, the Associated Press reports.

Bayer now has 60 days to make a final appeal to the FDA’s commissioner




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