FDA Restricts Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Rules arrive after three years of deliberation

Jan 5, 2012
Outside Magazine

After more than three years of deliberation, the FDA announced on Wednesday that it would restrict the use of some powerful antibiotics in livestock. The new rules put limits on cephalosporins, a class of antibiotic often give to in cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys, that is also used to treat several serious illnesses in humans. The new rules, which go into effect April 5, are intended to prevent humans from developing resistance to the drugs, which are effective against pneumonia and soft tissue infections, among other conditions.

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