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FDA Annual Summary Report: U.S. sales of antibiotics for food animals rose over six years (2015-12-23)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published its annual report summarizing sales and distribution data for antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals.

The FDA in 2013 released voluntary guidelines for drug makers and agricultural companies to phase out antibiotic use as a growth enhancer in livestock. The agency said the antibiotics could still be used to treat illnesses in animals raised for meat, but should otherwise be pared back by December 2016 under a program to keep them out of the human food supply.

The FDA Annual Summary Report shows increases in antimicrobial sales and distribution from calendar year 2013 to 2014: an increase of four percent for all antimicrobials and an increase of three percent for antimicrobial classes considered medically important in human medicine, while medically important antibiotics approved for use in livestock rose by 23 percent between 2009 and 2014 .

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FDA Annual Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed in 2014 for Use in Food-Producing Animals