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Fewer Antibiotics in Your Burger, If the FDA Has Its Way — Physician’s First Watch

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December 12, 2013

Fewer Antibiotics in Your Burger, If the FDA Has Its Way

By Joe Elia

To do its part against the threat of antibiotic resistance, the FDA is embarking on a 3-year plan to encourage judicious use of antimicrobials in livestock.

Part of the plan is to phase out routine/OTC use of "medically important antimicrobials" that are currently used for nontherapeutic reasons, such as enhancing animal growth or lowering feeding costs.

Companies producing drugs for the food industry will be asked to voluntarily revise their labels to require veterinarian oversight for therapeutic use, and to remove all nontherapeutic production purposes. Extralabel use of drugs is not allowed with livestock. The drug companies have been asked to offer their plans within 90 days and would have 3 years to make the transition.

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