US Must Boost Data On Antibiotics In Livestock: GAO

Law360, New York (September 14, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT) -- U.S. food safety regulators have come up short in addressing risks of the use of antibiotics in food animals, which can stimulate resistant bacteria that are potentially harmful to humans, a government report revealed Wednesday.

Data that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture collect on antibiotic use in food animals, as well as on resistant bacteria in animals and retail meat, lack critical details, which undercuts their value, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said.

“Without detailed use data and...
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