It's about time! Although it shouldn't be voluntary but mandatory.
The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) officially announced yesterday that almost every pharmaceutical corporation that they had asked "to voluntarily phase out the use of antibiotics" in livestock specifically raised in order to produce food have agreed to do so. The FDA made this request of the drug companies to make certain that similar drugs utilized to cure certain illnesses in humans continue to be effective.
The FDA reported that a total of 25 different companies—including Novartis Animal Health US, Eli Lilly's Elanco Animal Health and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica—all said they would comply and discontinue using "medically important antibiotics" in the production of food. The 25 companies involved produce 99.95 percent of all the sales of products upon which the FDA has focused.