Animals could soon have to be raised without the use of preventative antibiotics under a new FDA guidance. Photo: USDA
It’s taken four years, warnings from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, and disease outbreaks tied to their use, but the Food and Drug Administration finally took steps Wednesday to limit the use of antibiotics to raise farm animals. It’s a move that could eventually reduce the possibility of antibiotic-resistant disease outbreak, a real threat to our food supply and public health.
The agency took what it called “significant steps to address antimicrobial resistance,” issuing a plan to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote growth in farm animals used for food. That’s important because the US uses about 29 million pounds of antibiotics in food production, about 80 percent of all antibiotics used annually in the United States.
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