The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December proposed plans to phase out the use of “medically important” antimicrobials in food animals when used to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency.

Though the proposal is still up for public comment on the Federal Register, it begs the question: what does that mean for livestock producers and veterinarians?

"Initially, it's the animal health companies that will be adjusting their practices," explains Russ Daly, DVM, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension veterinarian. However, he notes, producers will soon be affected, and FDA's changes will eventually make their way down to the folks who prescribe and use the drugs.

To read more from Daly, click here.

 

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