FDA announces limits on cephalosporin use in food animals

On Wednesday, the FDA announced limits on the use of cephalosporin antibiotics in food animals including cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys in an effort to thwart antibiotic resistance to the drugs in humans. AVMA's Dr. Christine Hoang, assistant director of scientific activities, said this rule is better than one proposed in 2008. "We thought the original order was too broad and unnecessarily prohibited uses that were not likely to cause problems for human health," Dr. Hoang said.

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