The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it will continue to allow the use of cephalosporins in food-producing animals, reversing an announcement made in July.

On July 3, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to include cephalosporins on the list of antibiotics with prohibited extralabel use. Beef producers will recognize ceftiofur (Naxcel, Excenel and Excede) as the cephalosporin labeled for use in beef and dairy cattle.

But CVM revoked the action before that date, saying it wanted to “fully consider the many substantive comments it received on the order of prohibition.”