Geni Wren Last week, at the Meat and Poultry Research Conference in Kansas City, Mo., experts spoke about antibiotic use in livestock production.
Often scientific jargon is used to describe antibiotic use and why we use them in livestock, but it can be boiled down more simply in three key messages:
- Antibiotics used in food animals approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration – the same agency that approves human medications.
- Antibiotics in food animals are used according to their labeled directions, or may be used off label (except for in-feed medications) only under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.
- Animals must be healthy to enter the food chain. Prudent and judicious use of FDA-approved antibiotics allow producers and veterinarians to address infectious disease challenges in food animals and provide healthy animal-derived food products.