Health Professionals Ask Obama to Take Stronger Action on Antibiotics in Ag


| 6/11/2013 10:35:00 AM


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Reposted with permission from Food Safety News

Citing the growing threat from antibiotic resistant infections, nearly 800 health care professionals signed onto a letter sent to the Obama administration on Tuesday urging more limits on antibiotics used in food animal production.

“Current patterns of antibiotic use in agriculture not only increase the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections in people but also support an agricultural system that harms public and environmental health,” said Ted Schettler, MD, the science director for the Science and Environmental Health Network and an adviser for Health Care Without Harm, one of the groups backing the letter, along with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Healthy Food Action.

In their letter addressed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the advocates urge the president to “move forward with stalled U.S. Food and Drug Administration actions to reduce the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production.”



The groups want the FDA to strengthen and finalize the voluntary guidelines the agency has been working on and also move forward on withdrawal of the “unsafe uses of antibiotics.”



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