USA - No antibiotics amendment: US pig industry

A large group of agricultural organisations, among which many pork organisations, has urged the speaker of the US House of Representatives not to allow a bill to ban certain animal health products to be tacked on to any pending legislation.
Tuesday 28 July 2009 (8 years 11 months 22 days ago)
The Coalition for Animal Health, which includes organisations that represent veterinarians, farmers and ranchers, food and feed producers and animal medicine manufacturers, in a letter to speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked that the ‘Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009’ not be added to bills now being considered, including food-safety and health-care reform legislation.

The bill would ban from use in livestock and poultry animal health products that are used to prevent and control diseases. Farmers only would be allowed to use animal health products that treat diseases.

The bill also would require all ‘critical antimicrobial animal drugs’ to go through a second US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process within two years of enactment of the legislation. Currently to win approval, an animal drug maker must demonstrate that a product is effective and safe for animals and for the environment. FDA also must determine that new antibiotics for food animals will not harm human health.

In the European Union, antibiotics for preventive use in livestock production, have been forbidden since January 1, 2006.

http://www.meatinternational.com/news/no-antibiotics-amendment-us-pig-industry-id1667.html

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