FDA Would Limit Antibiotic Use on U.S. Livestock

Publication: Reuters

Author: Charles Abbott

07/13/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration believes antibiotics should be used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth, a common use, said a high-ranking FDA official on Monday.

Principal deputy FDA commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said restrictions on livestock use would reduce the opportunity for bacteria to develop resistance to drugs used by humans.


The Pew Environment Group said on Monday the Danish ban had little or no effect on farm productivity and there was a decrease in antibiotic resistance.

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