Majority of drugmakers agree to phase out antibiotic use for livestock growth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday reported that 25 of the 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics for growth enhancement in livestock have agreed to phase out the use of these drugs for growth promotion.

FDA in December announced guidelines aimed at stopping such companies from selling antibiotic drugs to enhance growth and instructing them to change the availability of such drugs from over-the-counter to ones requiring veterinary consultation. It gave the companies 90 days to respond to the voluntary guidelines. Pharmaq AS, which produces a powder to treat conditions in certain fish, was the lone company that did not agree FDA's guidelines.

Critics of the voluntary guidelines note that there is no enforcement mechanism and that the plan will likely result in labeling changes rather than reductions in use.

Source: Pro Farmer

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