PUB-043: Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals
Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals: Due to the potential serious public health risks of increasing antibiotic resistance, the Wisconsin Medical Society supports:
- Legislative efforts to ban the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals for growth promotion and routine disease prevention, and to require prescriptions for all antibiotics used to treat sick animals.
- A requirement that agricultural industries publish their use of antibiotics, with accurate information regarding the antibiotics used and for what purposes.
- A requirement that antibiotic prescriptions for animals be overseen by a veterinarian knowledgeable of the intended and ideal use of such drugs.
- Efforts to expand surveillance and data collection of the use of antibiotics in agriculture, with appropriate punitive measures for the misuse of antibiotics. (HOD, 0416)