U.S. Food and Drug Administration administrator Margaret Hamburg says the agency is looking at potential new restrictions on animal antibiotics, but adds that decisions will be based on sound science and consultations with industry.

According to an article in the Des Moines Register this week, Hamburg told a House subcommittee that antibiotic resistance is one of the nation’s “foremost public health concerns” and there are clear linkages between the problem and the use of the drugs in farm animals. Hamburg also stated that the agency is especially scrutinizing the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in livestock.

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Source: Drovers, Des Moines Register