RESPONSIBLE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS
The animal health community changed the way antibiotics are used on U.S. farms, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Changes that took effect Jan. 1, 2017, limit the uses of antibiotics in animal agriculture and require increased oversight by a veterinarian to further ensure responsible use of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health concern and the animal health community shares that concern.
RESISTANCE VS. RESIDUE
- Resistance refers to bacteria that evolves to the point they are not easily killed by antibiotics.
- This differs from antibiotic “residue,” which refers to the molecules that remain in meat from animals that have been treated with antibiotics.
- There are multiple systems in place to ensure meat is safe.
ANTIBIOTICS HELP KEEP FOOD SAFE
Antibiotics make food safer by helping keep animals healthy, and studies show this reduces bacteria entering the food supply.
ANTIBIOTICS HELP KEEP FOOD AFFORDABLE
Keeping animals healthy allows farmers to produce food more effectively, which has the added benefit of making food more affordable while using fewer natural resources.