The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Roorda Dairy advising that an investigation of its premises revealed cattle sold for food that tested positive for unapproved antibiotics. The agency purportedly tested muscle tissue and found antibiotics used contrary to the approved label use and found no evidence of veterinary supervision.

FDA’s approach to antibiotics in cattle use has been criticized, including a March 2018 New York Times report on the agency’s distinction between antibiotics for growth, which is not allowed, and antibiotics for disease prevention, which is acceptable under FDA standards. In 2017, the World Health Organization recommended ending the routine use of antibiotics in healthy animals.

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