FDA Takes New Steps To Phase Out Antibiotics In Meat

WASHINGTON (December 11, 2013) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it will ask pharmaceutical companies voluntarily to stop marketing drugs that are important for treating human infection for use in animal production.

If the companies agree, prescriptions would also be required to use the drugs.

The FDA is hoping to limit antibiotic resistant diseases in humans by decreasing the use of the drugs in animals processed for meat.

Consumers have grown increasingly concerned about the issue of antibiotics in meat and the FDA has been deliberating the issue for several years.

The FDA's Michael Taylor said he believes asking industry to make the changes is the fastest way to help phase the drugs out.

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