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The FDA initiative, which was created by several documents called Guidances and is usually called its “judicious use” program, made it impossible for livestock producers to use routine micro-doses of antibiotics known as growth promoters. Those doses speed up the time it takes to get chickens, swine and cattle to slaughtering weight, without preventing or treating illness.

Multiple lines of research have shown that growth promoters allow bacteria in animals’ systems to develop resistance to antibiotics. Those bacteria move off farms in wind or water or with animals going to slaughter, increasing the likelihood of drug-resistant infections, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kill 23,000 Americans per year.

However, the report by the Government Accountability Office says the FDA is not collecting usage data that will allow it to know if its effort has been successful.

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Image: By woodley wonderworks – (semi) free range chickens, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4272951

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