In this Tuesday, April 23, 2013 file photo, Kent Walker, who farms and ranches, walks through one of his cow pastures in Frederick, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
25 of 26 Drug Makers Will Curb Antibiotics in Animals
FDA’s voluntary plan has gained major ground
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
The FDA’s first attempt to limit antibiotic use in farm animals appears to be working: All but one of the 26 drug companies asked to curb the use of antibiotics in animals to promote growth have agreed to do so, though the plan is voluntary. The plan will see the drug companies remove claims of growth promotion from their products, which will effectively make it illegal for the drugs to be used on livestock without a valid medical reason. Only antibiotics used similarly by humans—think penicillin and tetracycline—will be affected, and the 25 companies in agreement with the plan make 99.6% of those drugs. “I think that within three years we’re going to see growth promotion gone when it comes to antibiotics,” one expert tells the Wall Street Journal.