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FDA Targets Antibiotics in Meat
Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:34 AM CST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration moved Wednesday toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.

Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that the animals are healthy and to facilitate the production process. Now, the agency has announced that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for those uses in animal production.

If the companies sign on, use of those antibiotics to promote growth in animals would be illegal ...

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