|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