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Use of Antibiotics and Hormones in Food Animals

Antibiotics and hormones are two types of veterinary medicines. In Canada, these medications are administered in specific circumstances, and follow strict regulatory requirements.

Use of Antibiotics and Hormones in Food Animals

Animal health industry

How are growth hormones and antibiotics regulated?

Health Canada regulates the use of growth hormones and antibiotics in Canada. To protect human and animal health, and the safety of our food supply, Health Canada:

  • Reviews hormones and antibiotics for safety before approving them.
  • Monitors the safety, quality and effectiveness of growth hormones and antibiotics.
  • Sets rules for the proper use of hormones and antibiotics.
  • Sets maximum limits for hormones and antibiotics that can be found in food.