Tell the FDA to Stop Industrial Meat's Antibiotic Abuse
Overuse of antibiotics in livestock production has caused the rise of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, that pose a serious threat to your health. While the FDA has admitted that humans can be exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by eating or handling contaminated meat, they may now allow a loophole for Industrial Meat producers to continue to use excessive antibiotics in meat production, making the problem worse. It's time to end the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock. Please send in your comments to the FDA and White House today!
Here is the letter that we will send to the FDA on your behalf. Please add your comments to personalize your message.“
Dear Commissioner Hamburg and President Obama,
I am writing in regard to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on the agency's Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), ANPR-Docket No. FDA2010N0155 and Draft Guidance: The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals, Docket No. FDA-2010-D-0094.
fear that this rulemaking process will result in relaxed controls on
veterinarian prescription practices related to antibiotic use in food animal
production, and may encourage more antibiotics to be fed to healthy food
animals. This is contrary to 40 years of scientific evidence that shows that
the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms is making antibiotics less
effective. In addition, the draft guidance document only calls for voluntary
measures from industry, rather than offering concrete measures to limit
antibiotic use on industrial farms.