Proposed U.S. legislation targets antibiotic use in animals

October 18, 2012

U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman of California has announced plans to introduce legislation to increase information on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption. The bill—Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals (DATA) Act—will provide information to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the amounts and types of antibiotics being fed to livestock.

“We need reliable information about the use of antibiotics in agricultural operations,” said Rep. Waxman. “The more we learn, the graver the threat becomes from overuse of antibiotics by industrial-scale farms. We need this information so scientists and Congress can stop the spread of drug-resistant infections from farm animals to humans.”

The bill will require drug manufacturers to provide comprehensive information to the FDA on how their drugs are used on farms. The legislation will also require reporting by feed mills for the first time. Virtually all antibiotic consumption on farms comes through feeds mixed with antibiotics. The bill will require feed mills to submit data to the FDA on the types, purposes, and quantities of antibiotics being given to animals through feed.

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