14 Apr '12, 12pm

FDA Issues New “Sweeping Rule” To Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

FDA Issues New “Sweeping Rule” To Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

Lehigh Valley, PA /CC BY-NC 2.0 The FDA has until recently been unforgivably slow to act on limiting and banning the use of antibiotics in livestock but a new order could change all that. The FDA just enacted a new rule saying that farmers and ranchers will need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics on farm animals. And even more impressive, the use of antibiotics will no longer be allowed for the growth of animals. Limiting Antibiotic Use The FDA hopes that this new rule will help vastly reduce the use of antibiotics and decrease the 99,000 deaths each year from hospital acquired infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Over time, low doses of antibiotics allow for surviving bacteria to form a resistance and while we’re not sure about the connection between resistance in animals and in humans, we do know that 80 percent of antibiotics are used i...

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