Out with antibiotics, in with vaccines: American integrators, government seek to reinvent livestock farmingMonday, October 10, 2016
• America's gradual, incrementalist approach to phasing out livestock AGPs takes a large step forward with the banning of antibiotics used in human medicine for AGP use in 2017
• Encouraged by booming antibiotic free meat sales amid flat, declining consumption, integrators and fast food chains have been restricting or phasing out their use of AGPs
• Traditional AGP suppliers are re-tooling to develop, manufacture and market a wide array of animal vaccines in their place
• As antibiotic restrictions tighten up, expect US integrators to demand trade protection from imports containing AGPs under food safety/fair treatment rules. This may create a strong incentive to transition away from antibiotics in many meat exporting countries.