Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Kirsten (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a rule to increase data collection on the use of medically important antibiotics in agriculture. Also, they would like the FDA to work with veterinarians to develop a plan to collect data on how antibiotics are used on farms.
The senators in a letter to the FDA say, “Data on antibiotic use and resistance enables federal agencies to take action to protect the public health, and supports research into better understanding complex questions related to the development of antibiotic resistance and potential links to human health. Furthermore, data regarding the distribution of medically important antibiotics is needed to monitor the impact of your new policies aimed at eliminating the injudicious use of these drugs in agriculture.”