I applaud Tyson Foods for voluntarily removing human antibiotics from their chicken flocks.
According to an April 28 article in The Tribune, however, they don’t have a time frame for removing antibiotics from cow and pig feed, where it’s used mainly as a growth agent.
The Food and Drug Administration implicates this practice as a primary cause in the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or “superbugs,” which affected 2 million Americans in 2013, resulting in 23,000 deaths.
The World Health Organization calls the rise of superbugs “a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.”
In this light, the current efforts to eradicate communicable diseases in California are sorely misguided. Instead of tackling this true epidemic, lawmakers are going after kids whose measles vaccinations aren’t up to date.
There is no emergency to warrant coercion of parents to conform to CDC recommendations against their spiritual and personal beliefs.
I challenge our elected officials to address the true emergency and place the heavy hand of the law where it is truly needed in demanding that human antibiotics be removed from all animal feed.