WebXtra: East Texas ranchers question FDA antibiotic regulation
Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 3:47 PM CST
An FDA regulation, set to go into effect in June, is not a welcome change for some East Texas ranchers. As part of the Food and Drug Administration’s five-year plan to support veterinary antimicrobial stewardship, over-the-counter sales of livestock antibiotics will be by prescription only. Gregg County Rancher Buck Birdsong talks about his concerns with the change.
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