Volume 90 Issue 16 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 16, 2012

Curbing Antibiotic Use

Health: FDA calls on drug industry to phase out nonmedical uses in animals
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: FDA, Antibiotic resistance

The Food & Drug Administration is proposing that veterinary drug companies voluntarily change the labels on their antibiotics so that growth promotion in food-producing animals is no longer a valid use. The proposal is a response to the agency’s growing concern that the massive use of antibiotics in the agricultural industry is contributing to emergence of antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans.

Under the plan, the use of veterinary antibiotics will still be allowed to prevent, control, . . .

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