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Action Plan Must Require Faster and Stronger Action to Preserve Effectiveness of Antibiotics debt


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Action Plan Must Require Faster and Stronger Action to Preserve Effectiveness of Antibiotics debt

We must not continue to jeopardize the most important drugs in human medicine by recklessly squandering them on farm animals. The Obama Administration's National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria highlights the importance of fighting antibiotic resistance, but misses a critical opportunity to effectively shrink the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. We applaud the Administration for calling on the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve surveillance of antibiotic-resistant Salmonellaand Campylobacter. Missing from the plan, however, is a ban on all uses of antibiotics other than treating illnesses, any deadline for measuring effectiveness, and any direction on what steps should be taken if the current voluntary program fails to deliver on reducing on-farm antibiotic use. 


By CSPI, USA.


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