Why the FDA is fading out antibiotics in animals - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Why the FDA is fading out antibiotics in animals

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Today the Food and Drug Administration is taking the first steps to fade out the use of antibiotics in our food supply.

The antibiotics given to animals are often the same drugs given to humans when they're sick, like Penicillin. And there has been a growing concern that using the same antibiotics on animals has contributed to the drug resistance among humans.

Animals can still be given antibiotics for medical reasons with a veterinarian's approval. But the drugs will no longer be available to farmers over-the-counter.

Pharmaceutical companies will have three years to implement the changes.

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