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Antibiotics in Healthy Livestock

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Air date: April 29, 2012

Host: Barbara Lewis

Healthcare Policy & Public Health Safety
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Interview: Stephen Jay, MD
professor of medicine and public health
IU School of Medicine



In 1977, the FDA raised questions about the safety of giving healthy farm animals low doses of antibiotics in their feed, but the agency never acted on the problem.

Earlier this year, public interest groups filed suit and the FDA was ordered to decide if new rules are needed, concerning what drugs can be given to healthy livestock.

Host Barbara Lewis talks with Indiana University public health expert Steven Jay, MD, who explains why this FDA decision matters. Dr. Jay is a professor of medicine and public health at the IU School of Medicine.