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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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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