Antimicrobial sales continue to decline

The FDA says sales of antimicrobials used for food-producing animals continue to decline.

Sales dropped by three percent from 2019 to 2020 and are down nearly 40 percent from just five years ago. 

About 40 percent of sales were for products intended for use in cattle, another 40 percent intended for use in swine, an estimated 12 percent intended for use in turkeys, and two percent intended for use in chickens.

The FDA says while the sales data is not reflective of use, it is a positive step as it works to slow antimicrobial resistance and preserve their effectiveness for humans and animals.

In 2017, many products were required to have veterinarian oversight instead of having over-the-counter availability as part of the Veterinary Feed Directive.

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