05 Jan '12, 4pm

U.S. limits use of antibiotics in livestock to prevent disease-resistant ‘superbugs’ #antibiotics #FDA

05 Jan 2012: U.S. Limits Antibiotics Use In Livestock to Prevent ‘Superbugs’ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will prohibit the use of a class of antimicrobial drugs in livestock , citing concerns that overuse of the drugs could promote the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens that could infect humans. Beginning April 5, the FDA will limit the use of cephalosporin in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys, allowing the antibiotic to be used to treat illness but not for prevention of disease. Studies have linked the prevalent use of such drugs in livestock — mainly to prevent disease and promote weight gain — to the creation of disease-resistant “superbugs” that can spread to humans. In 2008, the FDA banned the use of cephalosporin for livestock, but withdrew the plan after industry opposition. The new proposal will allow some exceptions, including approved...

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