Is there concern that antibiotics are being overused on farm animals?

The agriculture community recognizes it has a stake in this conversation and is committed to doing its part to ensure public health is maintained. While the 2014 PCAST report and the 2013 report on antibiotic resistance released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight that the greatest threats to public health are resistant bacteria produced by human use of antibiotics, we embrace the need to better understand the role that antibiotic use on the farm plays in this equation, and are committed to striving toward a safer future by making any adjustments necessary.

For instance, farmers and ranchers are ethically and legally required to follow the rules outlined in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Guidances 209 and 213, which call for animal drug manufacturers of medically important antibiotics to remove from their product labels uses related to growth promotion, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products under the oversight of a veterinarian by December 2016. 

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