A new, tougher rule on antibiotic use in our food supply is now in full effect.
Antibiotics that are “medically important” to treat people cannot legally be given to healthy animals for the sake of having them grow faster.
The measure takes aim at the worrisome rise of superbug bacteria. That’s bacteria that becomes resistant to antibiotics due to overuse. A major report commissioned by the British government listed the number of deaths due to antibiotic-resistant infections. At 700,000 a year, but projected that number could rise to 10 million a year by 2050.
Food activists say there are still loopholes in the new rules but experts are hoping this new FDA policy will make a difference.