07/13/2010 - Health experts joined a member of the House Democratic leadership on a conference call Tuesday to stress the human health risks of treating farm animals with antibiotics. The House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing Wednesday on Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-N.Y.) bill to restrict the use of antibiotics to treat livestock.
On the call, experts with the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, the Institute for a Sustainable Future and other groups said 70 percent of antibiotics in the United States are used to promote animal growth and compensate for overcrowding conditions on factory farms. Unfortunately, said Lance Price of Arizona’s Translational Genomics Research Institute, every time an antibiotic is used it loses its effectiveness as more resistant bacteria are created.
Slaughter’s bill, which is opposed by several food industry groups, would protect seven types of antibiotics from being indiscriminately used in animal feed. The bill has 113 co-sponsors.
Read the full article, Opponents of Antibiotic Use in Farming Sound Alarm Ahead of Hearing, on The Hill's blog, Healthwatch.