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US outlines plan to reduce use of antimicrobials in food production

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7477 (Published 12 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7477
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

To combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance the US Food and Drug Administration has launched a three year initiative to curtail the use of medically important antimicrobials in food production.

Food producers commonly add antimicrobials to animal feed and water to accelerate animal growth, a practice that has been linked to the spread of resistance to drugs in human pathogens. It is estimated that about 80% of antimicrobials sold in the United States are used in farm animal production.

Under the new plan, makers of animal pharmaceuticals are being asked …

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