Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu March 27, 2014
Phasing out antibiotics for farm animal growth
Citing public health concerns, the Food and Drug Administration late last year asked pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for use in animal production.
The concern is that antibiotics provided to animals are making OUR bodies more vulnerable to so-called "superbug" infections.
Douglas Miller of Elanco, one of the pharmaceutical providers that have agreed to the new restrictions, says antibiotics are just "one more tool" in his company's "toolbox":
"…and if we do all the other things correctly, such as on-farm hygiene, nutrition, enzymes, vaccination programs. If we do all those things correctly, we will minimize the need for antibiotics. But we will never get to a point where we won't need them, because will always be present."
The FDA says farmers will need to rely more on veterinarians to determine when antibiotics should be used on their animals.
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