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Livestock drug use restrictions legislation introduced

Citing federal figures on animal antibiotic use, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) this week said she will again introduce legislation aimed at reducing drug use in healthy animals. Slaughter cited figures from the FDA, indicating that 13.1 million kilograms of antibacterial drugs were sold for animal use in 2009. Only 3.3 million kilograms were sold that year for human use, Slaughter said.

However, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued a statement noting that nearly 39 percent of the antibiotics sold for use in farm animals consisted of ionophores, compounds not used in human medicine.

The NPPC also pointed out that the FDA reported the amount of antibiotics sold, not the amount used. “The FDA report does not show that livestock producers overuse antibiotics, and it doesn’t show that they are being irresponsible,” Howard Hill, DVM and member of the NPPC’s board of directors, said in the statement.



“Despite the fact that the FDA report lacks the data, several groups continue to peddle junk science on the percentage of antibiotics used for ‘non-therapeutic’ reasons, which include prevention and control of diseases, and to make comparisons of antibiotics used in food animals with those used in humans,” Hill said.

Citing federal figures on animal antibiotic use, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) this week said she will again introduce legislation aimed at reducing drug use in healthy animals. Slaughter cited figures from the FDA, indicating that 13.1 million kilograms of antibacterial drugs were sold for animal use in 2009. Only 3.3 million kilograms were sold that year for human use, Slaughter said.



However, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued a statement noting that nearly 39 percent of the antibiotics sold for use in farm animals consisted of ionophores, compounds not used in human medicine.

The NPPC also pointed out that the FDA reported the amount of antibiotics sold, not the amount used. “The FDA report does not show that livestock producers overuse antibiotics, and it doesn’t show that they are being irresponsible,” Howard Hill, DVM and member of the NPPC’s board of directors, said in the statement.

“Despite the fact that the FDA report lacks the data, several groups continue to peddle junk science on the percentage of antibiotics used for ‘non-therapeutic’ reasons, which include prevention and control of diseases, and to make comparisons of antibiotics used in food animals with those used in humans,” Hill said.


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