What does the ‘responsible’ use of antibiotics mean?
Farmers and ranchers and veterinarians know it’s their responsibility – along with medical doctors in human medicine – to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics and minimize the potential for resistant bacteria. Farmers do not constantly treat farm animals with antibiotics. When the need to use antibiotics arises, they do so responsibly – according to label and dosing instructions approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Antibiotics are only one tool in an overall plan of good production practices to raise healthy animals for a safe food supply. Other tools include vaccines, good nutrition programs, proper biosecurity measures and proper housing to keep animals healthy.