Health Professionals Call on FDA Commissioner to Reduce Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

Press Release posted on July 16, 2014
Contact: Benn Grover

More than 800 health professionals have signed a petition to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling for leadership on the growing antibiotic resistance crisis. Delivered to Commissioner Hamburg on July 16th, the petition recommends the FDA reduce the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production by requiring meaningful veterinary oversight on farms. The currently legal, routine, and unnecessary use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in animal agriculture is contributing to the rise in resistant bacterial infections in humans. Health Care Without Harm's national Healthy Food in Health Care program works with the health care community in bringing an end to the routine use of antibiotics in raising food animals.

Read the full petition

Letter to FDA Commissioner