California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill to prohibit the use of human antibiotics in the feed and water of healthy farm animals if they jeopardize human health. It also directs FDA to prohibit the use of antibiotics in ways that accelerate antibiotic resistance.
National Pork Producers President Elect and veterinarian Dr. Howard Hill says they’re concerned because it’s critical to have safe and effective animal health products to maintain healthy and productive animals.
Hill says the issue is with antibiotics being used as growth promotants or production enhancers, even though they’re used at extremely low levels and there’s no link to human resistance.
Feinstein’s bill directs FDA to apply restrictions only to the limited number of antibiotics critical to human health; and preserves the ability of farmers to use antibiotics to treat sick animals.