FDA releases livestock antibiotic plan

FDA implements plan to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals, including VFD update.

THE U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Dec. 11 that it is implementing a plan to phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency.

The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight — through veterinary feed directives (VFDs) — of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs, the announcement said.

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