FDA Advises Livestock Producers to Limit Antibiotic Use

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance on limiting the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals.

By definition, organic meat and poultry are free of antibiotics, pesticides and hormones.

The agency wants to ensure animals remain healthy, while decreasing human and animal resistance to these drugs—a growing public health hazard.

Not surprisingly, meat industry representatives are unhappy with the recommendation. The National Pork Producers Council argues it will be “overly burdensome,” while claiming there’s no connection between nonorganic meat consumption and antibiotic resistance. (Try again, guys…)

The FDA is inviting public comments on the draft guidance, so seize the opportunity to voice your concerns.

Photo: Scott Bauer/USDA

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