FDA Bans Off-Label Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

In a significant triumph for consumers, the medical community and food safety advocates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will restrict the unprescribed use of the antibiotic drug Cephalosporin in livestock production.

The FDA will restrict antibiotic use in several types of livestock. (Photo Credit: Brian C. Frank, The New York Times)

Cephalosporin’s overuse has been linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of diarrhearal and strep throat infections. The FDA is banning off-label label uses of the drug, including using it in large doses to treat infections in cattle, or in the routine treatment of fertilized eggs.

Do you think the new FDA rule that puts restrictions on some but not all uses of cephalosporin will be enough to ensure food safety? 

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