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FDA Planning to Phase Out Antibiotics in Meat

This morning the FDA announced a plan to phase out the use of some antibiotics in animals used for food to prevent bacteria from becoming increasingly resistant to drugs used to treat humans.

In it’s guidance today, the FDA asked pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily revise labels on antibiotics to remove references to use references in animal production. Additionally, the FDA stated the over-the-counter status of antibiotics will change, meaning only veterinarians will be able to prescribe and provide antibiotics.

Animal pharmaceutical companies must notify the FDA within three months of their plans to adopt the FDA’s new guidelines; companies would have three years to complete a transition.

Read the FDA’s release

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