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Keeping animals healthy is a top priority for farmers and veterinarians, and antibiotics are sometimes used to fight disease in animals. Proper and legal use of antibiotics in animals also means a safe and wholesome food supply and reduces the chance of bacterial transmission from animals to humans. This link between animal health and human health is captured by the term “One Health,” meaning animal health affects people and human health affects animals.
Yet, human and animal health experts agree that antibiotic resistance is a public health concern, which is why animal production practices include judicious use guidelines to ensure that antibiotics can be used to keep food animals healthy while minimizing the chance of resistant bacteria impacting human health. Farmers, veterinarians and the companies that make medicines for animals have collaborated with the FDA to develop and implement guidelines that maximize animal health and well-being while providing consumers with the safest food possible.