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FDA Recommends Farmers Avoid Certain Antibiotics in Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took steps Wednesday to try to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in livestock and ensure that drugs given to animals on factory farms are prescribed by veterinarians to prevent and treat diseases,” according to The Washington Post. The recommendations ask animal drug manufacturers to “voluntarily alter their labels so that farmers would no longer be allowed to use antibiotics merely to make animals grow faster.” The announcement “comes amid growing concern that the widespread use of antibiotics in animals is helping to create resistant ‘superbugs’ that sicken and kill thousands of Americans each year.”

Read it in The Washington Post.