FDA Acts to Limit an Antibiotic in Livestock
05 Jan, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday [January 5, 2012] that it will be restricting the use of cephalosporin—a type of antibiotic—in food animals in order to prevent the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of human diseases.
The cephalosporin class of drugs is used to treat a variety of serious conditions, including skin infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, abdominal infections, bone infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and meningitis.
Of all drugs prescribed to outpatients, 14 percent are from the cephalosporin class.