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Record #: R2014-286   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/30/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 6/25/2014
Title: Call for U.S. Congress to ban non-therapeutic antibiotic use in livestock
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Attachments: 1. R2014-286.pdf

WHEREAS, one of the most serious threats to health in the United States and globally is the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant infections caused by bacteria known as "superbugs" because they are not treatable by existing antibiotics; and

WHEREAS, the annual cost of antibiotic-resistant infections to United States healthcare is $26 billion; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that patients stay in hospitals a total of eight million extra days every year due to antibiotic-resistant infections; and

WHEREAS, in 2005 19,000 people died from the staph superbug known as MRSA, which was more than those who died from from AIDS, from emphysema, or by homicide that year; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more recently that at least two million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections each year and 23,000 Americans die from those infections; and

WHEREAS, the medical and social costs of superbug infections in just one hospital for one year have been estimated to be between $13 million and $18 million; and

WHEREAS, 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States is routinely used non-therapeutically on livestock to compensate for keeping them in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions as well as to make animals grow faster; and

WHEREAS, the widespread non-therapeutic use vastly increases the likelihood that the otherwise small number of disease-resistant bacteria can spread, affecting meat and poultry, and growing crops fertilized by affected animal droppings, and thereby spread to humans; and

WHEREAS, in January 2013 Consumer Reports published test results indicating that pork products sold nationwide had high levels of salmonella and other dangerous bacteria, following an earlier report finding similar results in poultry products;

WHEREAS, according to Elizabeth Jungman, the Pew Charitable Trust's director of drug safety and innovation, "antibiotic resistance is rapidly outpacing...

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