The Food and Drug Administration is limiting the amount of certain antibiotics in livestock in an effort to slow growing antibiotic resistance in humans. For years, farmers have used antibiotics without restraint, even in healthy animals, to help them grow and prevent sickness. The FDA has made small steps to reduce the amount used in feed, the latest being new restrictions on cephalosporins. The order restricts use of the antibiotic commonly used in cattle, swine, chickens, and turkey before slaughter; one that’s also found in pneumonia, skin infections, and meningitis treatments for humans.
FDA To Restrict Some Antibiotics Overuse In Livestock