The Food and Drug Administration is looking to limit the number of antibiotics used in the meat and poultry industry.
CNN reports that FDA is taking these measures due to the rise of bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. “It is important to use these drugs only when medically necessary,” the FDA said. “Governments around the world consider antimicrobial-resistant bacteria a major threat to public health.” The FDA added that some of these antibiotics are also used on humans but they will be futile if bacteria are resistant to them.
As things stand, there is no law that requires farms to collect data on how many animals are given drugs and how much. The FDA is looking to change this by setting limits on these practices in order to ensure the quality and health of meat production.