Towards an Evidence-Based Antibiotics Policy
Data collection on antibiotic usage vital to shaping federal policy
Thomas Gremillion, Director, Food Policy Institute at Consumer Federation of America
Since January of 2017, FDA’s Guidance 213 no longer allows medically important antibiotics to be used for growth promotion purposes, but how much of an impact has that policy had? What about other efforts to promote more judicious antibiotic use in animal agriculture? Where are farmers and ranchers making the most progress in reducing antibiotic use? What types of animal antibiotic use carry the highest risk of contributing to resistant infections in humans?