US bill introduced to disclose antibiotics in animal feed

Bill would create reporting requirements for drugmakers, feed mills

A bill introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) would create reporting requirements on antibiotics given to U.S. livestock, mandating disclosure from drugmakers and feed mills about the types, purposes and quantities of drugs used, according to reports.

The bill comes at a time when the Food and Drug Administration is already under pressure to consider restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed. “We need reliable information about the use of antibiotics in agricultural operations,” said Waxman. “The more we learn, the graver the threat becomes from overuse of antibiotics by industrial-scale farms. We need this information so scientists and Congress can stop the spread of drug-resistant infections from farm animals to humans.”