Farmers, not bureaucrats, know best

By Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), The Hill’s Congress Blog

Proponents of this legislation would lead one to believe that we can save money and reduce resistance in humans by banning uses of antibiotics in animals. Of particular concern is their claim that the use of antibiotics in food animals leads to diseases in humans that cannot be treated.

While human antibiotic resistance is a public health issue, the biggest resistance problems cited arise in hospitals and community settings, problems not related to antibiotic use in animals. There is no scientific evidence that antibiotics used in food animals have any significant impact on the effectiveness of antibiotics in people. In fact, an Institute of Food Technologists expert panel report revealed that correlating the risk of antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic resistance in humans is not possible.

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