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FEED: Food & Environmental Electronic Digest-FDA Announces Administration’s Support for Antibiotic Restrictions
August 12, 2009, 2:23 pm
Filed under: News

The Obama administration is prepared to combat antibiotic resistance by setting limits on the nontherapeutic use of medically valuable antibiotics in agriculture, according to Joshua Sharfstein, the deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Antibiotics are added to the feed and water of animals that are not sick to promote growth and prevent diseases caused by overcrowded condition in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), a practice that leads to antibiotic resistance. Dr. Sharfstein announced the new FDA policy at a July congressional hearing on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA). The administration is considering ending the use of clinically valuable antibiotics for growth promotion and feed efficiency and restricting over-the-counter use of antibiotics. The announcement, which stunned the animal agriculture industry, reverses decades of agency policy. UCS scientist Margaret Mellon also testified at the hearing.


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