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NY judge: FDA should act on animal antibiotics
Federal judge in NY rules against FDA; cites 3 decades of inaction on animal antibiotics issue
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A federal judge says the Food and Drug Administration has done "shockingly little" to address the risks associated with the widespread use of antibiotics in food-producing animals over the last three decades.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz in New York made the comment while ruling in favor of several health and consumer organizations that sued last year.

Katz said the agency must evaluate the safety risks of the drugs. He says the FDA must make a finding that the drugs are not safe ' or explain why it is refusing to do so.

The government already is appealing a similar ruling in the case by Katz in March.

The FDA declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation.

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