Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Widespread overuse of antibiotics is putting our health at risk. 

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U.S. PIRG Comment on “Potential Approach for Defining Durations of Use for Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Intended for Use In or On Feed”

About a third of medically important antibiotics approved for use in food animals via feed or water have no defined limit for how long they can be used, otherwise known as a “duration limit.” That means meat producers can dose herds of animals for several weeks, months or even indefinitely. Overusing antibiotics in this way can encourage antibiotic resistant bacteria to multiply and spread, and these “superbugs” can make their way off the farm and potentially infect people with dangerous illness. Duration limits are essential for reducing use of medically important antibiotics on farms and curbing antibiotic resistance. 

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Health professionals urge the U.S. Senate to reduce antibiotic use in agriculture to curb drug resistance

Health professionals urge federal lawmakers to include funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish defined durations for all medically important antibiotics used in food-producing animals. Currently, about one-third of medically important antibiotics do not carry these duration limits in livestock, and can be used for an animal's entire lifespan. 

Report | U.S. PIRG | Antibiotics

Talking Turkey: A consumer guide to buying turkey raised without overusing antibiotics

As Americans head to the grocery store to purchase their Thanksgiving turkeys, U.S. PIRG has released its first ever “Talking Turkey” guide to purchasing turkeys raised without overusing antibiotics.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Antibiotics

U.S. PIRG statement on “concerning” increase in sale of medically-important antibiotics to produce meat

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new data showing that overall sales of medically-important antibiotics to food-producing animals increased by 9 percent from 2017 through 2018, which marks the first increase in sales since 2015

Get ready for some alarming stories—and they're all the more alarming because they're true.

On Nov. 14, U.S. PIRG and the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) of George Washington University launched "Superbugs Unplugged," a podcast that will dive into the alarming issue of antibiotic resistance and how we can slow it. Matt Wellington, our Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics campaign director, is co-hosting the podcast, along with Dr. Lance Price of ARAC. 

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A report by Consumer Reports, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, Center for Food Safety, Food Animal Concerns Trust, and U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Matthew Wellington U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Emily Rusch CALPIRG Education Fund


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