Farmers bought more antibiotics than ever in 2014, according to a report from the United States Food and Drug Administration.
That was despite the issuance of government guidelines in 2013 calling on farmers, feed companies and drug manufacturers to reduce the use of antibiotics, especially at levels below what’s needed to treat diseases and infections.
Low-level use is widespread as a method to improve feed efficiency and speed growth.
Critics note that the drug companies can continue to sell antibiotics for use at low doses as a measure to prevent disease. That means their use could continue without much change.
It's not what they say, but what they do, that counts.
The FDA guidelines that were first issued in 2013 passed final ruling in June, 2015, and became law on Jan. 1.