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Antibiotics Are Not Always Used in Raising Chickens, Says NCC

16 December 2013

US - The National Chicken Council (NCC) has issued a statement on the FDA plan to phase out growth-promoting use of medically important antibiotics in livestock and poultry.

NCC Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Dr Ashley Peterson, commented: "NCC appreciates the open and collaborative process FDA has undertaken to phase out the use of subtherapeutic, or growth-promoting uses, of antibiotics that are medically important in treating humans.

“We strongly support the responsible and judicious use of FDA-approved antibiotics and the involvement of veterinarians in raising healthy chickens. In fact, in raising chickens today, chicken farmers already maintain close relationships with licensed veterinarians who interact on a routine basis, with the farmers and their chickens, to provide the best care possible for the flock.

“Antibiotics are not always used in raising chickens; rather, they are administered only when needed and on those occasions, they are used judiciously under the care of a veterinarian. For those antibiotics that are FDA-approved for use in raising chickens, the majority of them are not used in human medicine and, therefore, do not represent any threat of creating resistance in humans.

“That being said, we realise that there are strong emotions and conflicting views on the issue of antibiotic resistance – an issue that is very complex, and not black and white. For that reason, NCC has supported and will continue to support FDA’s Guidance 213 and VFD process and we will continue to work with our members and the agency on implementing this policy.”

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