FDA Asks Drug Cos. To Curtail Antibiotics In Livestock Feed

Law360, New York (April 11, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance Wednesday directing animal health pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily change the labeling on antibiotics used in livestock feeds, making the drugs available solely with veterinarian oversight and only to treat or prevent specific diseases.

The FDA said the changes will reduce the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock, which public health officials say leads to drug-resistant strains of bacteria that can endanger human health. The agency hopes to phase out the use of feed antibiotics for “production uses,”...
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