Target: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Ban 18 high risk antibiotics from animal feed, and help create safer food for animals and humans
From 2001-2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 18 antibiotics to be used in livestock and poultry feed despite the fact that they are classified as high-risk to humans. If reviewed today, there is no way that these drugs would be approved by the FDA due to their danger to humans. However, they have never been re-reviewed. The associated risks to humans create an urgency to get these drugs re-assessed and removed from animal feed.
Eight additional additives have also been concluded to not meet the FDA’s safety standards. Upon creating these standards, the FDA determined that the use of certain antibiotics presents several risks to human beings, yet they are still allowing these additives to be used, and even fighting against court orders to remove them from animal feed. Even among human-safe antibiotics, the overuse in livestock is at a surprisingly dangerous level. In fact, 70% of medically used antibiotics are used for livestock in the United States. This could create an antibiotic resistance in humans, causing immense risks if an individual comes down with an illness that can only be cured with antibiotic treatment.
The FDA is acting irresponsibly in not taking action against the dangerous livestock and poultry practices that are occurring despite court orders and the threat an antibiotic resistance crisis. As the primary group responsible for ensuring that food is safe for consumption, the FDA is creating a breach of trust between themselves and consumers.
Please sign the petition below to insist the FDA immediately fix the severe antibiotic issue in poultry and livestock.
Dear Food and Drug Administration,
As we are sure you are aware, in the last decade you approved eighteen antibiotics for use in poultry and livestock that are considered high risk to humans. There are also eight others which do not meet the safety standards that you set in 1973. Despite the risks that you have discovered, and court orders to fix antibiotic abuse in poultry and livestock, you have not made any efforts to do so. It is time that you act with urgency to solve this issue.
When antibiotics are added to livestock feed, and those creatures are consumed by humans, several risks present themselves. Even human-safe antibiotics are overused, with 70% of medically used antibiotics in the United States being used as additives to animal feed. Too much exposure to these drugs can cause humans to gain a resistance which is possibly very dangerous if an individual develops an illness that requires antibiotic treatment.
Avoiding this issue a midst an antibiotic crisis is very irresponsible. By not acting upon important health issues, you are betraying the trust of those you represent. We ask that you rectify your errors, and immediately work on this issue with urgency and relentlessness.
[Your Name Here]
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