Petition to Rescind Approvals of the Subtherapeutic Uses in Livestock of Antibiotics Used in (Or Related to Those Used In) Human Medicine

By CSPI, Environmental Defense Fund, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, and Union of Concerned Scientists


These groups submit this petition under § 512(e) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to request the Commissioner to rescind approvals for subtherapeutic uses in livestock of any antibiotic used in (or related to those used in) human medicine.

The ban should include subtherapeutic applications of such medically important antibiotics as penicillin, tetracyclines, erythromycin, lincomycin, tylosin, and virginiamycin, as well as other antibiotics used in (or related to those used in) human medicine for growth promotion, improved feed efficiency, and disease prevention.