Safeguard antibiotics: Curtailing unnecessary use in animals
Eighty percent of all U.S. antibiotics – 29 million lbs. per year – are given not to humans but to food animals, 90 percent of them are put into animal feed or water, typically not to treat sick animals but to promote growth or to offset the propensity of animals raised indoors or under close confinement to get sick.
Keep Antibiotics Working summary of the science shows: Experts agree this huge overuse of antibiotics in industrialized livestock and poultry is undercutting the future ability of antibiotics to effectively sick people. Or sick pets, for that matter. Multidrug resistant E coli causing hard-to-treat UTIs infections likely come from eating contaminated chicken. Increasingly, MRSA infections in people appear associated with livestock and farm environments.
- Testimony of James Johnson M.D. before Before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health July 14, 2010: The Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Statement on Antibiotic Resistance: Promoting Judicious Use of Medically Important Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture
- Testimony of Gail R. Hansen, DVM, MPH, Senior Officer, Human Health and Industrial Farming Campaign, The Pew Charitable Trusts, before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Healthy, July 14, 2010
- American Academy of Pediatrics Letter to FDA - August 25, 2010
- American Academy of Pediatrics Technical Report: Nontherapeutic Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Animal Agriculture: Implications for Pediatrics
- Testimony of Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan before the House Subcommittee on Health about antimicrobial resistance in humans
- Keep Antibiotics Working Annotated Bibliography: Significant Science on Antibiotic Resistance
- NY Times editorial - Antibiotics and Agriculture, June, 29, 2010
- July 2010 letter from CDC Director Frieden to Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health about the clear link between use of antibiotics in animals and human antibiotic resistance.
- April 2010 NY Times Op-Ed: Cows on Drugs by former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy
- Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Cost the U.S. Healthcare System in Excess of $20 Billion Annually
- Des Moines Register, Aug. 1, 2010: Livestock drugs threaten human health, FDA says
- July 2012 Letter to FDA requesting no appeal of NRDC ruling requiring withdrawal of approvals for nontherapeutic uses in food animals of medically important antibiotics - signed by Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Food and Water Watch, The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, Center for Food Safety, STOP Foodborne Illness, Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association