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Antimicrobial Resistance
US FDA takes steps to reduce use of antibiotic growth promoters

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THE US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is taking steps to protect public health and promote the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.

In March, a US federal court ruled that the FDA should start proceedings to withdraw the approval of certain uses of antibiotics used in food production (VR, April 7, 2012, vol 170, p 348).

The FDA says that, under its proposals, a voluntary initiative is being introduced to phase in certain …

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