Reuters. Legislation to ban the decades-old practice is unlikely to pass this year, said sponsorLouise Slaughter, but her plan is to move further next year. The Food and Drug Administration recommended on June 28 that antibiotics be used only to prevent or treat livestock disease.
"Before we go down a path that will have a devastating economic impact on our agriculture industry, we must assure science drives this debate," said Illinois Republican John Shimkus at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Slaughter's bill.
Democrats and Republicans on the subcommittee expressed concerns about the science behind the ban, but Democrats said evidence favored action.
Major U.S. livestock groups oppose the bill, citing high potential costs and possible shortage of veterinarians to oversee drug use in livestock.
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NPPC: No evidence of antibiotics link. Brownfield Ag News. July 14, 2010