Report: New FDA policy on animal antibiotics has loopholes

A year ago, the FDA released new guidelines asking drugmakers to exclude the indications "feed efficiency" and "weight gain" from antibiotic labels, in order to dissuade farmers from using the drugs simply to create fatter animals. And the agency required that veterinarians supervise the use of antibiotics in feed and water. But was it enough? The Pew Charitable Trust has released a report revealing that 66 of the 287 products affected by the guidance still have significant gaps in their labels that effectively allow farmers to give antibiotics to their animals under the guise of "disease prevention," when they're really using the drugs for growth promotion. The Animal Health Institute countered the organization's report with a statement saying there are no such loopholes, according to Food Safety News. Article

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