City Council Member Ben Kallos Introduces Resolution Urging Congress to Prohibit Non-therapeutic Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

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July 24, 2014

 

​NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER BEN KALLOS

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City Council Member Ben Kallos Introduces Resolution Urging Congress to Prohibit Non-therapeutic Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

New York, NY– Today, Council Member Ben Kallos introduced a resolution supporting a statewide and national ban on non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock production—a process that puts Americans’ health at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than two million Americans fall ill each year with antibiotic resistant infections, with 23,000 people dying from these infections.

Resolution 353 calls upon the Federal Government to pass two bills, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (H.R. 1150) and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (S. 1256). In addition to prohibiting the non-therapeutic feeding of medically important antibiotics to livestock, these bills would withdraw Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of non-therapeutic antibiotic use unless the manufacturer can demonstrate such use will not cause antibiotic resistance in humans.

“American health is directly affected by poor conditions on factory farms. Our government must enact basic rules to prevent disease and better some of the most dire practices of our modern food production system,” said Council Member Kallos.

"Simply put, the rampant misuse of antibiotics on factory farms is putting the health of every American at risk. Since Congress has yet to protect our health with common-sense farm antibiotics regulations, cities and towns across the country are demanding action," said Eric Weltman, senior organizer with Food & Water Watch, a consumer organization. "But no voice speaks louder than that of New York City, so when this resolution is passed, our leaders in Washington will surely take notice."

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