Senators introduce antibiotics in agriculture bill |

Senators introduce antibiotics in agriculture bill

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, today introduced a bill to combat the overuse of medically-important antibiotics in agriculture.

The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Feinstein and Collins said in a news release that the bill “would require the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of medically-important antibiotics used for disease prevention or control that are at high risk of abuse, unless the producer of the drug can demonstrate that its use in agriculture does not pose a risk to human health.”

“Antibiotics that meet the standard for prevention and control uses would be issued a revised label that supports prudent antibiotic use,” they said.

They said the bill “addresses a gap in the guidelines issued by FDA in December 2013, which called on the industry to eliminate the use of antibiotics for the purpose of making animals gain weight.”

The Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2015 is endorsed by the American Public Health Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America, Trust for America’s Health, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Pew Charitable Trusts, the senators said.

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