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FDA Should Provide More Info On Ag's Antibiotic Use, Senators Say

  Senators propose rule to allow FDA to collect data that would better track use of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture.

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.

To read more about antibiotic use in animal agriculture, click here.


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