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FDA Proposes Restrictions On Antibiotic Use For Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration has drafted a proposal to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock as part of an effort to reduce pathogens' resistance.

Syringe for drugs

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While special interest groups claim there is no scientific evidence denoting the dangers of antibiotic use, the FDA cites 15 studies over the last 40 years that urge restrictions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has drafted a proposal to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock as part of an effort to reduce drug resistant microbes.

Antibiotic use for purposes other than the curing and prevention of disease are under scrutiny. The draft calls for mandatory veterinary supervision for all antibiotic use.

The FDA posted the draft on its website on Monday and will be accepting feedback from the public for 60 days.

Read more:

  • FDA to recommend new limits on livestock drugs (Reuters)
  • Questions and Answers on FDA’s Draft Guidance on the Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals (FDA.gov)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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