FDA pulls pig drug due to cancer risk

The Food and Drug Administration is pulling from the market an antibiotic used on pigs because it could lead to cancer risk in humans. But the agency says people don't have to avoid eating bacon and other pork.

The FDA said Friday it is removing the drug called carbadox to treat swine because it may leave behind a potential toxic residue in humans once eaten. The FDA also warned of a potential cancer risk "based on the assumed lifetime of consuming pork liver or other pork products containing carbadox residues."

The move comes amid growing concern that antibiotic use among livestock could lead to antibiotic resistance in humans.

The agency made the move after re-examining the safety of the product used to combat bacterial infections such as pig dysentery.

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