May 27, 2013

Public education needed on antibiotic use in poultry flocks

The recent negative publicity over antibiotic use in turkey production underscores that efforts must be made to educate the public that antibiotics are not just placed into feed to help prevent an outbreak of any random disease or as a growth promoter. Antibiotics are carefully prescribed for treatment and prevention of specific diseases in poultry flocks. Dr. William Flynn, deputy director for science policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, was one of four veterinarians who took part in a panel discussion, "The role of the Veterinary Feed Directive – The future of antibiotics in poultry production," hosted by and sponsored by Zoetis.  Read More 

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