Dairy-Cows-Milk-MachinesThe FDA allowed 18 separate animal antibiotics to remain on the market even after concluding that they posed a “high risk” of leading to antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause disease in humans, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Microbiologist and lead author Carmen Cordova called the FDA’s inaction in the face of its own findings “a breach of their responsibility and the public trust.” The study is the latest contribution to an ongoing debate over the prolific use of antibiotics as growth-promoting agents in the meat industry. Scientists and health professionals have been warning for years that this practice promotes the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, including among many species that can infect human beings. Antibiotic-resistant infections are responsible for 23,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. More