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Records show powerful antibiotic for cattle often misused by farmers

Ceftiofur accounted for one-fourth of USDA drug-residue violation reports in 2013

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers. But the strength of the ceftiofur and the frequency with which it’s being misused has created a threat to human health that may overshadow the drug’s effectiveness, a Reuters examination shows. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned in 2012 […] Read more

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U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Reuters — Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect […] Read more

(Keith Weller photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Farmaceuticals: Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks

Atlanta/Chicago | Reuters — Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health. PART 1 OF A SERIES: Visit Part 2 and Part 3 here, or view the series in full HERE. Internal records examined by Reuters reveal that some of […] Read more