The Food and Drug Administration is moving to restrict the use of antibiotics in animals — if the purpose is to promote growth of the animals. Food producers can still use antibiotics to treat illness in animals. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA), praised the FDA’s ruling, saying that reduced use of antibiotics in animals will help to “reverse the trend” of antibiotic-resistant diseases in people.

But critics point out that the FDA’s move is only voluntary and there is “no mechanism for enforcement,” said¬†Rep.¬†Louise Slaughter, (D-NY).

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it will begin curbing the use of some medically important antibiotics commonly fed to animals to fatten them for market, a policy change that could significantly affect both the livestock industry and human health. […]

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