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The FDA is implementing a new policy beginning January 1, 2017, that will stop the use of medically important antibiotics to promote growth in farm animals. Farmers, veterinarians and the companies that make medicines for animals are complying with the FDA policy, which will ensure animal health and well-being while providing consumers with the safest food possible. Animals will only be given medically important antibiotics when they are necessary to treat, control and prevent diseases. When animals are given medically important antibiotics in feed or water, it will be under the oversight of a licensed veterinarian.

Medicine and Antibiotic Use on the Farm

Properly used medicines keep animals healthy and food safe

Keeping animals healthy is a top priority for farmers and veterinarians; healthy animals mean a safe and wholesome food supply and in turn, healthy people. Veterinarians and farmers work together to create flock and herd health management programs to prevent diseases before they develop and spread. These programs are tailored to individual farms and their livestock and poultry, taking into account how and when to vaccinate for species-specific diseases and how to administer parasite controls...

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