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Sales of antibiotics used on livestock are dropping but usage remains high

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s annual report on the sales of antimicrobials for use in livestock animals, released in December, found sales decreased 33 percent from 2016 to 2017 and that overall, sales have declined by 28 percent since 2009 (the first year of reported sales). Antimicrobials, according to the World Health Organization, are a broader drug

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