Former FDA chief: Greater disclosure needed for farm antibiotics

03/28/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The FDA's lack of knowledge about the drugs used in agricultural animals poses a major public health problem involving antibiotic resistance, writes Dr. David Kessler, the FDA's commissioner from 1990 to 1997. The bill introduced by Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., would order food producers to disclose low-level use of antibiotics. Congress needs to step into make sure the public knows how often antibiotics are used in the production of cheaper meat, Kessler writes.

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