Teleconference on Legislation to Help Curtail Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Date: March 17, 2009

Location:
Washington, DC
901 E St. NW

Washington, DC 200004

Description:

Chipotle restaurant CEO joins Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and leading antibiotic expert to discuss the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009

An audio recording of this event is now available (MP3).

Nearly one year after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production recommended that America reform the way food animals are raised, Rep. Louise Slaughter will reintroduce on Tuesday, March 17, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 (PAMTA). 

The bill will seek the withdrawal of antibiotics important to human health from use on factory farms unless animals are sick. Medical experts agree that the misuse of antibiotics in industrial farming directly contributes to a dramatic rise in antibiotic-resistant infections in people.  Opinion leaders have also been weighing in on the issue, including in a column from New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, seen here.

Members of the media may join a teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, to find out more about this new legislation and why it is important to protecting human health.

WHO:           

  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Chair of the House Rules Committee, microbiologist with Masters Degree in Public Health
  • Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • Dr. Stuart Levy, director, Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Shelley Hearne, managing director, Pew Health & Human Services Policy Program

WHAT:        

Press teleconference to discuss the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009, legislation that would curtail the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

WHEN:         

Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m. EDT

CALL-IN:      

Call-in: 800-311-9403, Passcode: 187086

MEDIA:      

Please RSVP by contacting Kip Patrick, 202-552-2135 or kpatrick@pewtrusts.org

According to estimates by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 50 million pounds of antibiotics – nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. – have been used in food animals for purposes other than treating disease since PAMTA was last introduced two years ago.  Antibiotics are commonly fed to entire flocks or herds in their daily feed or water to compensate for overcrowded, often unsanitary conditions and to promote weight gain, giving rise to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  At the same time, few new antibiotics are entering the market to take the place of ineffective ones. The Food and Drug Administration last approved a new antibiotic for humans in 2003.

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming is joining the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and countless others in working to protect human health by eliminating the misuse of antibiotics in food animals. To learn more, visit www.saveantibiotics.org.   

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