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on June 29, 2010

FDA asks farmers to curb antibiotic use

Concerned of effect on people

Calling it a public health issue, the Food and Drug Administration has asked farmers to stop using antibiotics on animals to promote growth. A report in the Washington Post said the agency is concerned that overuse is endangering people’s lives by helping create bacteria that is unresponsive to medical treatment.

The FDA urged farmers to only use antibiotics to protect an animal’s health, not to help it grow or improve feed digestion. The public has 60 days to comment on the draft of the just-issued guidance, which is a precursor to new regulations if voluntary compliance does not occur. 

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