As per reports, it has been revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has found that meat and poultry producers are found to be giving drugs to their animals, so that they can grow faster.
The issue has raised concerns among the experts, and the FDA has warned the producers to stop giving drugs to them. Experts said that bacteria has started developing resistance to drugs, which is causing death among humans.
Michael Taylor, who is the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, said that they have given final warning to all the producers. If they found any producer using drugs, then they will be penalized and in some cases, they might have to face imprisonment.
The Chicago-based Food Animal Concerns Trust said that they have doubts that the producers will stop giving drugs to animals. Steve Roach, who is the Trust’s public health program director, revealed that 70% of antibiotics in the US are given to chickens, hogs, and beef cattle.
“The majority of these important drugs are not used to treat disease but rather to promote growth and to compensate for the crowded, stressful, and unsanitary conditions on factory farms”, said Roach.
It is not a recent concept that drugs are being given to animals. Since 1960s, medicines are being given to animals with their feed. The drugs are given so that animals not only grow faster but also because they remain healthy and do not fall sick.
Animals’ farm owners are of the view that they give drugs to animals, so that they can keep them healthy and could also match up to the growing appetite for cheap meat in the country. It is expected that animal farmers will stop giving drugs to animals.