Animal Agriculture: Antibiotics
Sally Schuff reported on Monday at Feedstuffs Online that, “A draft guidance issued last week by the Food & Drug Administration [transcript of media briefing] sets out two key principles the agency expects will underpin future policy directions on the judicious use of ‘medically important’ antibiotics in food animals.
“The June 28 announcement sets the stage for FDA’s long-anticipated process to address antimicrobial resistance by tightening the use of subtherapeutic antibiotics in livestock production.
“Specifically, FDA said it will no longer support two key uses of antibiotics in livestock: growth promotion and feed efficiency. That’s based on its first principle, which states that only uses that ‘are necessary to assure’ animal health are considered ‘judicious.’”