The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued the most welcome news that it will be implementing a voluntary plan known as Guidance 213, instructing the agricultural industry to phase out the use of certain antibiotics added to animal feed to help them livestock gain weight faster on less food. The FDA reports that so far nearly all drug companies that make antibiotics for use in animal feed said they would remove the words “growth promotion” from their labels, effectively making it illegal for farmers and ranchers to administer the drugs for that purpose.
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