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US FDA Withdraws 16 Antimicrobials for Use in Food-Producing Animals

On 10 April 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published a final rule withdrawing 19 new animal drug applications, 16 of which  are antimicrobials for use in animal feeds for food-producing animals.1 The antimicrobials are Bambermycins, Hygromycin B, Lincomycin, Pyrantel, Tylosin, Tylosin and Sulfamethazine and Virginiamycin. The effective date was 21 April 2014. 

Phasing out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals2

On 11 December 2013, the US FDA announced their strategy on combating antimicrobial resistance. The withdrawals of these antimicrobials are part of this strategy. Of these 19 drug applications, 16 are antimicrobials which have been withdrawn because these products are no longer being manufactured or marketed in the United States of America. On 11 April 2012 the US FDA published a guidance document CVM GFI #2093 “The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals” which establishes a framework for the practices to ensure appropriate use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals in order to reduce antimicrobial resistance.

The number of human infections by drug resistant bacteria are increasing worldwide and a number of governments are now devoting resources to this because the problem is so serious. On 30 April 2014 The World Health Organization (WHO) published their Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveillance 20144 which highlights the alarming rate of growth of antimicrobial resistance organisms’ caused by the misuse and over use of antimicrobial drugs. Since the bulk of the antimicrobials are given to food-producing animals, governments around the world are starting to restrict and prohibit the use of these drugs for use in animal feed.

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1 animal feeds for food-producing

2 Animal & Veterinary

3 guidance for industry

4 Global Report on Surveillance 2014

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