FDA Limits Some Antibiotics in Livestock

FDA Limits Some Antibiotics in Livestock
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 12:20pm

The Food and Drug Administration says it will limit the presence of one type of antibiotics in meat, saying they could increase human resistance to the drugs.

The agency said Wednesday it will restrict the use of cephalosporin antibiotics, which are often given to cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys before slaughter. The drugs are used to treat pneumonia, skin infections and other diseases in humans.

Public health groups called the move a good first step. The groups have pressed the government for years to force livestock producers to use fewer antibiotics, saying the high prevalence of drugs in meat increases human antibiotic resistance. Their main concern is the use of antibiotics in healthy animals to spur growth or to keep them well in unsanitary feedlot conditions.

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