Dec 11 2013
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s proposals to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture:
“We must preserve the efficacy of life-saving antibiotics for humans by carefully restricting their overuse in our agriculture products. Today’s FDA announcements are a significant victory for public health that take concrete steps towards accomplishing a goal I have been pushing for in my own legislation—to end the widespread and irresponsible use of antibiotics in agriculture.
“As I have said, antibiotics are the closest thing to a ‘silver bullet’ in human medicine given their ability to wipe out a wide variety of bacterial infections, but with 23,000 Americans dying each year from antibiotic resistant infections, we are in danger of losing the ability to fight certain diseases. I believe today’s proposals are a critical first step in reversing this trend and will ultimately save lives.”
Senator Feinstein is the author of the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013, which directs the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the use of human antibiotics in the feed and water of healthy farm animals if they jeopardize human health.