Animal antibiotic use partially banned by FDA

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Antibiotic resistance in humans is a growing issue. The Food and Drug Administration is attempting to tackle this problem by restricting the use of a few antibiotics in agricultural applications.

Growing antibiotic resistance in individuals

People are easily impacted when a superbug appears. These superbugs are not affected by antibiotics they have been exposed to too often over time. The superbugs are created in a fight between bacteria and antibiotics. Every time bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, it becomes harder for that antibiotic to fight the bacteria. Over half of the infections in the U.S. are resistant to four major antibiotics used to treat infections now. That can be a big danger.

When you eat meat, milk, eggs or other animal products, you are able to expect there to be antibiotics in them. Typically, large-scale animal producing operations will keep antibiotics in animals to keep them healthy in unsanitary conditions, which make it easier to produce more animals. Animals are given the antibiotics to help them grow more easily sometimes or even right before slaughter. They are the same antibiotics you can find in humans.

Partial FDA ban

The antibiotic cephalosporins cannot be used as a preventative narcotic in animals anymore. The FDA has just prohibited it for use, except in certain circumstances. This is because the antibiotic is a last resort in human infections. This is the first time the FDA has ever limited antibiotics.

“We believe this is an imperative step in preserving the effectiveness of this class of important antimicrobials that takes into account the need to protect the health of both humans and animals,” said Michael R. Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA.