FDA antibiotic sales survey reports uptick in animal use

FDA antibiotic sales survey reports uptick in animal use

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Sales of antibiotics for veterinary use, animal feed jump 9% in 2018, but cause of increase remains unclear

Overall sales increased 9%, according to the report, and use in livestock feed — prohibited without a Veterinary Feed Directive since 2017 — jumped 13% in 2018, with sales for use in cattle and swine driving the majority of the increase. Use for poultry declined 17%, continuing the three-year trend in that industry.