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Feinstein Applauds FDA Decision to Release Data on Antibiotic Use

Calls on FDA to propose rule to collect additional data

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for increasing the amount of data it releases on the use of antibiotics in agriculture.

For the first time, FDA’s “Annual Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed in the years 2009-2012 for Use in Food-Producing Animals” includes specific data on antibiotics based on type, how they are administered, whether they are used in humans and their approved uses.

“We now have a more complete picture of how the agriculture industry uses antibiotics,” said Senator Feinstein. “As we feared, the data show that we have a lot of work to do to ensure antibiotics are used responsibly. I hope to continue to work with the agriculture industry and FDA to ensure that the use of medically important antibiotics in agriculture decreases under new judicious use policies.”

Feinstein has also asked FDA to propose a rule to increase data it collects on antibiotics use, including species specific data.