U.S. sticks to ban of Bayer antibiotic on poultry

by 5m Editor
5 September 2005, at 12:00am

US - U.S. Regulators on Friday rejected a last-ditch request from poultry veterinarians to delay its ban on a livestock antibiotic believed to reduce the effectiveness of similar drugs in humans. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford said the request failed to prove there would be &quot;irreparable harm&quot; if the drug, called Baytril, was banned. The FDA will withdraw the drug, made by Bayer , on Sept. 12. Earlier this year, it concluded that using the antibiotic in chickens made it difficult for doctors to treat humans with food poisoning. &quot;Despite your assertion to the contrary, FDA has determined, as the final decision makes clear, that there are real adverse human health effects of (Baytril) use in poultry,&quot; Crawford said. <i>Source: Yahoo Asia News via Reuters</i>

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