The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations for on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production took effect January 1, 2017. These efforts aim to
- Stop the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in food-animal production.
- Medically important refers to antibiotics used in human or animal medicine, or antibiotics in the same family of those medications.
- Bring therapeutic use of antibiotics in feed and water – to treat, control, or prevent specific disease – under additional veterinary oversight.