FDA Cracks Down on Antibiotic Use on Farms

HARRISONBURG Va. The United States Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on antibiotic use on farms.

Dan Myers, Senior Partner with Walkup Holsteins, said antibiotics are a necessary evil. The animals need to feel good in order for consumers to feel good.

He said, people use antibiotics on children when they get sick. And, it is the same thing with cows.

Just like with humans, farmers need to cut back on antibiotic usage.

Some critics said, the FDA did not go far enough and we need to get rid of antibiotics altogether. But, Myers said, this is a false hope.

"Antibiotics used in our families need to be used properly. We take extreme care to make sure that we use it correctly. But, if we don't use antibiotics totally, sometimes when our children get sick they may not survive. Sometimes when our cattle get sick, they may not survive. And, our cattle are just like family to us," said Myers.

Myers said, the high standards we see in the United States make it harder for some farmers to compete with other imported products because they may not have the same regulations we have here.

Myers said a consumer should always check the label to make sure the meat has been inspected by US production before consuming.

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