Drug Companies Will Limit Antibiotics in Food Animals
March 28, 2014 


The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) received positive written commitments from 25 of 26 animal drug companies in response to its request that they phase out the use of antibiotics to promote growth in animals raised for food production, the agency announced this week. The 25 companies generate 99.6 percent of total sales of products affected by the FDA plan.

The companies will either withdraw the drugs completely from use in animal production or make them available only under a veterinarian's oversight.

FDA wants to limit use of antibiotics in food animals to curb the potential for antimicrobial resistance in humans. The agency wants use of antibiotics on the farm limited to therapeutic purposes and not for growth promotion.

A list of products affected by the guidance is available at www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AntimicrobialResistance/JudiciousUseofAntimicrobials/ucm390738.htm.