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In 1977, the FDA
concluded that feeding animals low doses of certain antibiotics used in human
medicine, namely, penicillin and tetracyclines, could promote
antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of infecting people. Despite this
conclusion—and in direct violation of laws requiring that the agency move on
its findings—FDA has failed to take action on penicillin and tetracyclines to
protect human health for the last 35 years.
A court has now
ruled that FDA must take action on its own safety findings by withdrawing
approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in
animal feed, unless the industry can prove in public hearings that those drug
uses are safe.
FDA is expected in
the next few days to issue draft rules that ask drug manufacturers to voluntarily end the use of antibiotics
in animals without the oversight of a veterinarian. But voluntary compliance is not good enough! Please tell FDA to stop
creating ineffective voluntary standards, and finally complete the process they
started 35 years ago. Tell them to withdraw approval of non-therapeutic uses of
antibiotics in animal feed immediately, as ordered by the court.
(Please personalize your message if you have the time!)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]