The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider issuing a rule to increase data collection on the use of medically important antibiotics in agriculture and work with veterinarians and industry to develop a plan to collect data on how antibiotics are used on farms, say Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
The senators says data currently collected do not allow public health agencies to study trends in the use of antibiotics in different food-producing animal species.
Improving data collection on antibiotic sales and distribution, they said, would allow FDA to begin to estimate species-specific antibiotic use.
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