FDA Issues 2020 Report on Antimicrobials Food Animals

This article comes from the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) newsletter for Dec. 17, 2021.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday (Dec. 14_ published the 2020 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals.

This year’s report shows that domestic sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals decreased by 3% between 2019 and 2020.

The current results also represent a 38% decrease since 2015, which was the peak year of sales.

FDA states that these statistics suggest that continued efforts to support the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals are having an impact to reduce use, slow the development of antimicrobial resistance, and preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials for fighting disease in animals and humans.

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