It's time for strong antibiotics rules from the FDA

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise and, according to the FDA's annual report, so is antibiotics use on livestock and poultry.

This is unacceptable.

We know that the overuse of antibiotics causes antibiotic resistance. Yet, even under FDA guidelines, factory farms are still allowed to routinely administer antibiotics to animals that aren't sick. Factory farms have become hotbeds of resistance, and it's time for the FDA to take serious action. Experts worldwide warn that the longer we wait to reign in antibiotics misuse, the more quickly we approach the post-antibiotic era, in which our life-saving medicines no longer work.

The FDA tried to right this wrong with its Guidance for Industry #213 in 2013. Two years later, these voluntary actions don't seem to be working but are making it clear that as long as producers are permitted to use antibiotics for disease prevention in animals that are not sick, antibiotics misuse on farms will continue. We need more substantial action in order to save antibiotics.

Tell the FDA: it's time to ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.