Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed December 11, 2013
New changes for farmers on antibiotics in meat
It’s an increasing public health concern that consumption of drug-treated meat may be making humans less responsive to antibiotics - perhaps even spawning drug-resistant “super bugs.”
The new FDA guidelines ask pharmaceutical companies to stop marketing drugs humans need to simply help pigs and cattle grow faster.
Regulators also introduced a proposal that would require veterinarians to have more oversight on drugs administered at the farm.
Jim Lowe practices veterinary medicine in ten states. He told Harvest Public Media when it comes to the reporting requirements the FDA is still working out with stakeholders, the "the devil's in the details", but believes producers and veterinarians are already on board with the changes.
The government is making its guidelines “voluntary”, but says companies may face regulatory action if they don’t follow suit.