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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:

  1. 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.
  2. A requirement that agricultural industries publish their use of antibiotics, with accurate information regarding the antibiotics used and for what purposes.
  3. A requirement that antibiotic prescriptions for animals be overseen by a veterinarian knowledgeable of the intended and ideal use of such drugs.
  4. 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)