The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) is urging meat producers to limit the amount of antibiotics they give animals in response to public health concerns about the drugs.

The FDA said antibiotics in meat pose a “serious public health threat” because the drugs create antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect humans who eat it. The agency is recommending that producers use the drugs judiciously, limiting their use unless they are medically necessary and only using them with the oversight of a veterinarian.

“Developing strategies for reducing (antibiotic) resistance is critically important for protecting both public and animal health,” the agency said in draft guidelines printed in the Federal Register on Monday.


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