Senate bill to limit use of antibiotics in agriculture

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WASHINGTON – US Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill that would stop the use of antibiotics in the feed and water of food animals that are not sick.

The Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 charges the Food and Drug Administration with enforcement, and requires drug companies and agriculture companies to demonstrate that antibiotics are being used to treat sick animals and not as a growth promotant.

“Antibiotics are the closest thing to a ‘silver bullet’ in human medicine given their ability to wipe out a wide variety of bacterial infections, but we are in danger of losing this weapon in the fight against infectious diseases,” Feinstein said in a statement on her web site. “When antibiotics are fed in low doses to animals, only the strongest, most resistant bacteria are left behind to reproduce. By the time these resistant pathogens make their way from the animals into our communities, the infections can be costly to treat or untreatable all together.”

The proposed legislation:

• Directs the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the use of antibiotics in ways that accelerate antibiotic resistance;

• Requires drug companies and producers to demonstrate they are using antibiotics to treat clinically diagnosable diseases—not just to fatten their livestock;

• Applies restrictions to only the limited number of antibiotics that are critical to human health. Any drug not used in human medicine is left untouched by this legislation; and

• Preserves the ability of farmers to use all available antibiotics to treat sick animals. If a veterinarian identifies a sick animal, or a herd of animals that are likely to become sick, there are no restrictions on what drugs can be used.

Antibiotic resistance has been the subject of fierce debate. Consumer groups such as the Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has called for major reductions in the use of antibiotics in food animal production on concerns that the overuse of antibiotics promotes the spread of drug-resistant "super bugs". But advocates in the agriculture industry say the issue of antimicrobial resistance is complex, and there is no definitive link between antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Industry has supported the judicious use of antibiotics.
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By Silvermaven 7/17/2013 11:58:49 PM
To take antibiotics away from feed animals will create mass death caused by spirochetal prion protein infections they already have. Its insane. In fact all our kids are already infected and these criminals know it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yOno_2m_8LY The only difference between a child suffering ADHD or a child suffering severe autism is how many infections they have, what kinds, and the immune systems they are in. We were all given spirochetal disease in vaccines called IMMORTAL cell lines without telling you why they were immortal. Spirochetal prion proteins cannot be killed. They can recombine with whatever they want to survive. To take antibiotics away from animals carrying the disease will cause US to become Europe 1985 all over again. And these idiots know it. They KNEW in 1985 what really caused AIDS because they gave it to us. http://www.embl.de/aboutus/communication_outreach/media_relations/2013/130311_Heidelberg/index.html Henrietta Lacks had Syphilis. Why millions suffer hundreds of syndromes of lies, psych, and cancers today. Bpur, the Lyme disease spirochete's PUR-domain protein: identification as a transcriptional modulator and characterization of nucleic acid interactions. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23846702 You can kill all the infections IT shares it genes with to survive, but IT cannot be killed, so by not getting rid of the infections in feed animals, the spirochetes will be able to have a much larger host of infections to become much more viralent....You better know Syphilis/MadCow/AIDS before you let them kill us all.