Mass poultry production in the USA (photo credit: Oklahoma State University).
From the United States comes this good news about a new rule that has gone into effect curtailing use of antibiotics in livestock production with the aim of reducing the rise of antimicrobial resistance to drugs of medical importance.
‘A new rule that aims to safeguard essential antibiotics for humans by limiting their use in food animals is now fully in effect.
‘Under the Food and Drug Administration policy, antibiotics that have been designated “medically important”—in other words, they’re needed to treat people—cannot legally be given to healthy animals to speed their growth. The policy, three years in the making, required producers of agricultural antibiotics to change labeling on the drugs to make clear they should not be used for so-called growth promotion. All manufacturers agreed to abide by the new rule.
‘The policy also requires that from now on, food animals can only be given…
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