Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member of the House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, has announced his plans to introduce legislation to increase information on the use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption. The “Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals Act” is intended to provide information to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the amounts and types of antibiotics being fed to livestock. Waxman said, “We need reliable information about the use of antibiotics in agricultural operations. We need this information so scientists and Congress can stop the spread of drug-resistant infections from farm animals to humans.” The bill would:
· Require drug manufacturers to provide comprehensive information to FDA on how their drugs are used on farms.
· Require feedmills to submit data to FDA on the types, purposes and quantities of antibiotics being given to animals through feed for growth promotion, disease prevention, control or treatment.
· Improve the timing and amount of data publicly released by the FDA.
Increased reporting of antibiotic use for animals will be an issue next year when Congress is scheduled to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA).