Support FDA's Call for Data on Antibiotics in Agriculture!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ACT NOW: The FDA Needs to Hear From YOU!

Support the Proposal to Collect More Data on Antibiotics in Agriculture 

According to government estimates, up to 80% of the antibiotics sold each year are not consumed by humans; but are routinely given to poultry, beef cattle, and swine. And much of the time these antibiotics served to livestock are not meant to treat diagnosed disease, but to promote faster growth and to prevent disease outbreaks.  Outbreaks that are inevitable under confined, often unhygienic conditions where most U.S. animals are raised. 

The use--and overuse--of antibiotics on humans and animals is leading to the development of antibiotic resistance.  On May 19, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule enabling more detailed data collection on antibiotic use in livestock production in the United States.  The rule would require drug companies to categorize and report estimates of sales of antibiotics by animal species: cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys   This will allow the FDA to help ensure proper use of medically important antibiotics.

These rules are open for public comment until August 18, 2015. Ecology Center and Health Care Without Harm are joining Pew Charitable Trust in submitting comments on behalf of health professionals and other concerned citizens. 

We've prepared sample comment language and an easy to use form to make it easy for you to take action now! 

Voice Your Support for better data collection on antibiotic use in livestock production by submitting a comment today.  We need a better grasp on where our life-saving antibiotics are being used in agriculture and how to adequately address this resistance crisis.    

The food and drug administration needs to hear from people like you. Tell the Agency that you support its proposal to collect more data on antibiotics sold for use in livestock and poultry. This would help address key knowledge gaps about antibiotic resistance.  

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Published on August 12, 2015