Time growing short for most antimicrobials in feed and water

In 2016, veterinary consultation will be required for 60% of currently used food-animal antimicrobial products.

Start getting ready, because we're quickly approaching the time when antibiotic usage in livestock will be seriously curtailed.

In December 2016 many antibiotic/antimicrobial products will disappear from the market and/or come under requirements for a veterinarian to prescribe them, says Mike Apley, professor of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University.

Under the rules, which have been in evolution since first proposed in the spring of 2012, veterinarians, producers and those who distribute or use feed or water containing "medically important" antibiotics will be required to work more closely together to assure the products used are indeed the best treatment option. Also, the growth promotion uses of many products will be eliminated.

To read more from Apley, click here.

 

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