Animal Health Institute

Pew: Loopholes allow “injudicious” livestock antibiotics use

The FDA program to phase out use of antibiotics as a growth promotant in food animals "may allow some injudicious uses to persist," says the Pew Trusts' Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.

Antibiotics for livestock up 16 percent in three years

Livestock producers boosted their use of antibiotics by 16 percent from 2009-12, federal data indicated. More than 60 percent of sales and distribution of antimicrobials approved for food animals in 2012 were medically important antibiotics that are central to a campaign against the rise of drug-resistant disease and infections in humans.