Regarding this development, Food & Water Watch Ohio Organizer Alison Auciello and the resolution’s sponsor Councilman Joe Cimperman said the following:
Alison Auciello: “We applaud the Cleveland City Council for passing a resolution in support of a nationwide ban of the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Factory farms feed low doses of antibiotics to livestock to promote unnatural growth and to compensate for filthy, crowded living conditions. As a result, we’re entering an age in which these life-saving medicines are no longer working to treat infections in humans. In a recent report, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that over two-million people per year suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections and at least 23,000 people die from them.”
Councilman Joe Cimperman: “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a pressing public health issue. It is about time we educate the public and make changes in the regulation of the practices that cause these issues. To slow the growth of antibiotic-resistant infections and improve the health of Americans, we must ban the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics on a state and national level.”
Contact: Alison Auciello, aauciello(at)fwwatch(dot)org, 513-221-2115
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