There is growing concern among researchers about a powerful antibiotic the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve for treating sick cows. Some experts warn using the drug could pose a serious health risk for humans.
"What you put into your cattle makes a difference in what you take in as a human being," said Joyce Williams, a cattle farmer.
Joyce Williams, who is also a nurse, is one of many in the medical community, including the American Medical Association, concerned about the use of a strong antibiotic called Cefquinome.
"This is very critical because there are a number of bacteria out there that literally are resistant to all antibiotics, save one or two," he said.
"Last fall, the FDA's own scientific advisory panel recommended against approval for Cefquinome in cattle.," Hansen said. "This would be the first time that this class of powerful antibiotics has been approved for food-producing animals in the United States."
Consumer Reports said the FDA appears to be ignoring lessons learned from the mid-90's when the agency approved a powerful new class of antibiotics for use in chicken feed. The drugs fight bacteria that can cause a diarrheal disease in people.
Soon after, doctors reported seeing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in people hospitalized with severe diarrhea. Eventually, the FDA reversed itself and the drugs were withdrawn for use in chickens.