Executive Order on antibiotics

Created: 9/19/14 (Fri) | Topic: Issues

The White House has issued an executive order on combatting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The order instructs the Food and Drug Administration to continue its work to “eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals,” according to an AgriPulse article.

A task force co-chaired by the secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Health and Human Services has been charged with developing new regulations and submitting a 5-year action plan for implementation.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman urged those working on the new antibiotics strategy to continue a dialogue with farmers and ranchers. His full statement is below:

Statement by AFBF President Bob Stallman

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2014 – “In light of today’s executive order regarding antibiotic resistance, it is important to emphasize that raising farm animals is a 24/7 job, and the health and well-being of livestock is the top priority for farmers and ranchers. Healthy animals mean healthful meat, milk and eggs.

“America’s livestock farmers live on their farms and care about the health of both their families and their animals. Just as parents do not give antibiotics to a child, except when necessary and prescribed by a doctor, farmers don’t rush to treat animals with antibiotics.

“We encourage those developing a strategy on this issue with the goal of protecting our nation’s farms and the American people to continue a dialogue with farmers and ranchers in order to ensure a successful outcome.”


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