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December 2011/January 2012
Policy and Advocacy
FDA Limits Cephalosporin Use in Food Animals

A recent order issued by the Food and Drug Administration will limit certain uses of cephalosporins in food-producing animals, starting in April. The order prohibits extra-label or unapproved uses of these antibiotics in cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys. Prohibiting these uses “is intended to reduce the risk of cephalosporin resistance in certain bacterial pathogens” and to preserve the effectiveness of these antibiotics for treating human diseases, FDA noted in a press release Jan. 4. For more information, see FDA’s online question-and-answer document.

IDSA joined several other organizations in a June 2011 letter (PDF) urging FDA to prohibit extra-label use of cephalosporin drugs in food-producing animals. For more on IDSA’s efforts to eliminate inappropriate uses of antibiotics in food animals and other aspects of agriculture, visit the IDSA website.
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