I present to you a position paper from the National Environmental Health Association. It was adopted in June of 2000 and presented to the Food and Drug administration. Ten years later nothing has been done about it.
National Environmental Health Association Position on Antibiotic Feed and Human Health
Adopted June 18, 2000
PURPOSE: Scientific studies indicate that antibiotics in livestock feed may be endangering human health.
WHEREAS: Antibiotics were discovered over fifty (50) years ago, and
WHEREAS: for more than thirty (30) years, antibiotics have been added to animal feed, and
WHEREAS: nearly one-half (1/2) of the fifty (50) million pounds of antibiotics produced in the United States are used in animals, mostly as feed additives to promote growth, and
WHEREAS: human medicine antibiotics currently used in livestock and poultry food include: tetracycline, penicillin, streptomycin, bactrican, chlorotetracycline, procaine penicillin, oxytetracycline, tylosin, neomycin sulfate, streptomycin, erythromycin, linomycin, oleandomycin, vancomycin, virginiamycin, bambermycin, arsanilic acid, 3-nitro-4-hydroxy phenylarsonic acid, sodium arsanilate, furazolidone, nitro-furazone, sulfamethazine, sulfathiazole, sulfaquinoxaline, streptogramin, avoparcin, glycopeptides, and
WHEREAS: scientific research has demonstrated that adding antibiotics to livestock and poultry feed contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistance among foodborne and other pathogens, and
WHEREAS: these antibiotic-resistant bacteria can transfer their resistance genes to disease-causing bacteria, resulting in antibiotic-resistant infections in people, and
WHEREAS: there is a concern that feeding antibiotics to farm animals endangers the value of those drugs for treating life-threatening diseases in humans, and
WHEREAS: the subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock feed jeopardizes new human-use antibiotics and jeopardizes human health, and
WHEREAS: a petition to the US Food and Drug Administration to "Ban the Use of Certain Antibiotics in Livestock Feed" was submitted and endorsed by over fifty (50) scientists and forty-one (41) health and consumer groups, and
WHEREAS: leading health authorities, including the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Academy of Sciences have called for a ban on subtherapeutic use of certain antibiotics in agriculture, and
NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION requests the Food and Drug Administration to ban subtherapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock and poultry feed of those antibiotics that may be used in (or that are related to those used in) human medicine, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Food and Drug Administration should rescind already-approved uses of medically important antibiotics in livestock and poultry feed, in order to protect those invaluable drugs.