Are the antibiotics used for farm animals safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a stringent approval process for veterinary medicines and antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics for use in animals require similar testing as those used in humans, with the added requirement that they must be tested to ensure meat, poultry, eggs and milk from the animal(s) given the medicine will be safe for human consumption.

  • (Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 2011. From an Idea to the Marketplace: The Journey of an Animal Drug through the Approval Process. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

USFRA Point of View

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is committed to answering questions about how food is grown and raised. This includes addressing questions about antibiotic use on farms and ranches and concerns about antibiotic resistance in humans. We, too, are concerned about if or how the use of... Read more