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

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 "irreparable harm" 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.

"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," Crawford said.

Source: Yahoo Asia News via Reuters
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