Slaughter urges USDA on antibiotic measures

By Julie Harker, Brownfield

House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter has sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the USDA to take more steps to strengthen measures that would reduce what she says is “overuse of antibiotics” in livestock production.

Slaughter’s letter says she’s pleased with USDA’s response in August that it is considering an “antibiotics module” for certified large animal vets; its call for minimizing antibiotic resistance transmission through the food chain through cooperative extension agents; the USDA’s plans to create a united report; and, formation of a working group on antibiotic resistance. Slaughter wants the USDA to expand its on-farm monitoring of antibiotic use and resistance as well as related research and veterinary training.

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