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AN order that could prohibit certain uses of cephalosporin antimicrobials in food-producing animals in the USA has been issued by the US government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA says that it is taking action to preserve the effectiveness of cephalosporins in treating disease in people. ‘Prohibiting these uses is intended to reduce the risk of cephalosporin resistance in certain bacterial pathogens,’ it says.
The order, which is due to take effect on April 5, would prohibit so-called ‘extra-label’ uses of cephalosporins in cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys. Specifically, it would prohibit the use of cephalosporin drugs for the purpose of preventing disease. It would also …