For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Jaydee Hanson, 703-231-5956, jhanson@centerforfoodsafety.org

Coalition Calls for Urgent Action On Livestock Antibiotic Overuse

WASHINGTON - The Antibiotics Off The Menu (AOTM) coalition has released a statement calling for the Biden Administration to address the ongoing global threat of antibiotic resistance at the federal level, and for the restaurant industry to continue taking action to limit the use of medically important antibiotics on livestock. Through AOTM, Center for Food Safety works in coalition with other public interest, animal welfare, and environmental groups seeking to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating sick people and sick animals. 

Jaydee Hanson, policy director at Center for Food Safety, released the following statement:

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

We must raise $75,000 during our Winter Campaign. Can you help?

The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.



“Bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs is one of the most serious global health threats in the world today. Before COVID-19, diseases like Tuberculosis were death sentences to millions of people around the world, while medically important antibiotics used to treat them were fed to chicken, pigs, and cows. Today, COVID-19 is linked to secondary bacterial infections that could lead to more antibiotic resistance.”

“The restaurant industry must strengthen its efforts to limit antibiotic use to only treating sick animals and the Biden administration must tackle this issue head on as it manages the COVID-19 crisis. Two immediate, impactful steps to ensuring the effectiveness of antibiotics moving forward would be mandating a reduction in medically important livestock antibiotic use by 50% by 2023 relative to 2009 levels, and creating a program that tracks antibiotic use and resistance at the farm level.”

###

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:



Center for Food Safety is a national, non-profit, membership organization founded in 1997 to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS maintains offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon, and has more than 300,000 members across the country.

Share This Article