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FDA changes stance on antibiotic use in food-producing anima

FDA changes stance on antibiotic use in food-producing anima

WASHINGTON — Livestock farmers are facing some major changes in the way they use antibiotics after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the eventual elimination of antimicrobials in food animals.

The FDA issued new plans Dec. 11 to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as enhancing growth or improve feed efficiency.

The plan will mean that all antibiotics administered to food-producing animals must be under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Certain antimicrobial medications have been used in the feed or drinking water of cattle, poultry, hogs, and other food animals for production purposes such as using less food to gain weight. Some of these antimicrobials are drugs used to treat human infection, prompting concerns about the contribution of this practice to increasing bacteria and other microbes’ resistance to a drug. Once antimicrobial resistance occurs, a drug may no longer be as effective in treating infections.

The plan announced focuses on those antimicrobial drugs that are considered important for treating human infection and which are approved for use in feed and water of food animals.

Statistics released by FDA show that animal production uses more than 29 million pounds of antibiotics annually.

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