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Continued: FDA targets antibiotic use in livestock

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Last update: December 11, 2013 - 10:01 PM

Some advocates pushing to rid the animal food supply of antibiotics said the FDA did not go far enough. Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, a microbiologist, said the FDA should have made the action mandatory. The guidance “falls woefully short of what is needed to address a public health crisis,” she said.

Others hailed the agency move as progress.

“We commend FDA for taking the first steps since 1977 to broadly reduce antibiotic overuse in livestock,” said Laura Rogers of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ human health and industrial farming campaign. “There is more work to do, but this is a promising start, especially after decades of ­inaction.”

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  • Turkeys are raised without the use of antibiotics at David Martin’s farm, in Lebanon, Pa. “We need to be selective about the drugs we use in animals and when we use them,” said William Flynn of the FDA.

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