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Kennedy on Antibiotic Use in Food Supply

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KENNEDY ON ANTIBIOTIC USE IN FOOD SUPPLY

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement in response the release of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production report on public health aspects of antimicrobial use in food animals.

"The Pew Commission report makes clear that strict controls are needed to prevent the excessive use of antibiotics in agriculture that could lead to antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. The evidence-based recommendations strongly support pending legislation in Congress to require full assessment of the risks of antibiotic use in animals, and withdrawal of approval for any drug that contributes to such resistance."


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