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Tell Obama to Keep Antibiotics Out of Your Food

Deadline Tomorrow! Next time you bite into a pork chop or enjoy chicken salad this summer, you might want to thank Uncle Sam and the pharmaceutical industry for that special ingredient in your meat — antibiotics. That's right. Up to 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in industrial animal confinements for chicken, beef and pork at sub-therapeutic levels, not to treat disease, but to make the animals grow faster.

For years doctors and scientists have warned our federal government and livestock producers that the continued use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics is a serious threat to human health, but federal agencies have been bullied by the factory farm industry.

The Obama administration recently released rules that would allow factory farms to continue the rampant misuse of antibiotics, making compliance voluntary, not mandatory. Tell President Obama and the FDA that it's time to close the loopholes and make strong rules on antibiotic use in livestock mandatory to put public health over factory farm profits.

Re: Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0155-0139

A copy of your letter of support will be delivered to President Obama and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg:

Dear President Obama and FDA Commissioner Hamburg,

I was encouraged to learn that the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps through the proposed Veterinary Feed Directive, or VFD, rule to increase veterinary oversight when antibiotics are administered to livestock in feed and water. And while I commend the agency for taking action, it’s time that the FDA preserve the efficacy of life-saving antibiotics by putting public health over the profits of the factory farm industry.

As a concerned citizen, I’m asking that the FDA mandate the elimination of routine sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock feed. Doctors around the world face a growing medical crisis with the rise of superbugs and antibiotic resistance. Every year, more than 23,000 Americans die of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the factory farm industry is a leading contributor.

Given the vast quantities of antibiotics used in food animals today and the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, responsible use of these drugs is vital.


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