Not surprisingly, consumer interest in food production has driven press coverage this week of the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions regarding antimicrobial use in livestock production. The FDA issued three documents guiding veterinarians, farmers and animal producers on the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals by eliminating production uses and targeting antimicrobial use to only address diseases and health problems. A variety of experts weighed in on both sides of this issue in stories across the nation.
Read how the Wall Street Journal Market Watch online publication covered the issue at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fda-calls-for-cut-in-antibiotics-use-in-animals-2012-04-11.
The Des Moines Register provides a Midwestern viewpoint in coverage on the issue at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120412/BUSINESS/304120056/-1/GETPUBLISHED03/FDA-Curb-livestock-antibiotic-use.
The New York Times weighed in too at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/us/antibiotics-for-livestock-will-require-prescription-fda-says.html .
On the opposite coast, take a look at how the Los Angeles Times reports on the story at http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/11/news/la-heb-fda-antibiotics-livestock-20120411 .