On July 3, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) will publish a final rule that prohibits the extra-label use of
cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, including cattle,
swine, chickens, and turkeys.
This rule will further help protect consumers against
antimicrobial-resistant strains of zoonotic foodborne bacterial pathogens.
The prohibition of extra-label use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs
in food-producing animals will protect the public health by preserving the
effectiveness of cephalosporin-class drugs for the treatment of human
By law, FDA may issue a prohibition order if evidence shows
that extra-label use of a drug in food-producing animals has caused, or is
likely to cause, a public health risk.
Comments on the rule may be
submitted until September 2, 2008. The rule will go into effect on October
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