251790 Federal policy to reduce antimicrobial in production of food, consumer products

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:10 PM

Kathleen Dolan, MHS , Food and Water Watch, Washington, DC
David Wallinga, MD, MPA , Food and Health Program, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Minneapolis, DC
Because antibiotic resistance is a problem of community or environmental reservoirs of resistance, public action to reduce overall antimicrobial use is imperative. As with public environmental health interventions in other spheres (tobacco control, climate change), legislation is imperative to create environments where the default or easy option is to not use antimicrobials, rather than the converse. In the context of both triclosan and antibiotic additives to livestock feed, public health approaches propsed in federal legislation will be discussed. Leadership around these bills is being provided by Rep. Louise Slaughter, the only microbiologist in Congress.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the approach of PAMTA, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act. 2) Describe federal policies proposed to address public health concerns of triclosan in consumer products.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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