FDA Wants New Restrictions on Farm Animals and Antibiotics

Published 12/11 2013 08:47PM

Updated 12/11 2013 08:49PM


NEW YORK -- The FDA wants farmers to reduce the amount of antibiotics they give to their animals.

The agency says the practice is dangerous because it creates bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics -- meaning if someone gets sick from the bacteria, medication may not help.

The FDA says the drugs should only be used in animals when medically necessary.

The agency has a three-year plan to eliminate specific antibiotics in food production.

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