Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement applauding Perdue Foods’ announcement that the company has eliminated the use of antibiotics in its chicken hatcheries:
“One of the largest poultry producers in the United States has now committed to using antibiotics more responsibly. It has successfully eliminated the use of antibiotics in its hatcheries and, in doing so, has demonstrated the agriculture industry can be an effective partner in ensuring antibiotics stewardship.
“Today’s announcement is an important step in the fight to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in humans.
“While we must do more, the tide is shifting, and I look forward to working with industry and public health officials to implement further change.”
Feinstein is the sponsor of the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act, a bill pending in the U.S. Senate that would direct the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the use of human antibiotics in the feed and water of healthy farm animals if it jeopardizes human health. The overuse of antibiotics in agriculture has been linked to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.