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FDA targets antibiotics in meat

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 12:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has moved toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.

The agency has announced today that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for those uses in animal production.

If the companies sign on, use of those antibiotics to promote growth in animals would be illegal and prescriptions would be required to use the drugs for animal illnesses.

FDA targets antibiotics in meat


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