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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing a voluntary strategy to promote the judicious (appropriate) use in food-producing animals of antibiotics that are important in treating humans. The goal of the strategy is to protect public health and help curb the development of resistant drugs and in turn help to reduce the number of infections in humans that are difficult to treat because existing antibiotics have become ineffective. A public meeting was held at Western Kentucky University on April 9, 2013 to “provide an opportunity for public dialogue and feedback on challenges faced by the animal agriculture industry and practicing veterinarians as FDA implements its initiative for the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed or drinking water of food-producing animals.” This meeting was offered because FDA is seeking input as it moves ahead with its strategy to promote the judicious use in food-producing animals of antibiotics that are important in treating humans. This three-pronged approach includes: