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Capitol Hill Briefing to Focus on Alternatives to Routine Antibiotic Use in Food Animal Production

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 General News J E 4
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On March 2, the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, in collaboration with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), will host a Capitol Hill briefing on successful and profitable production and business models for raising food animals without the routine use of antibiotics.

Experts estimate that up to 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are given to healthy food animals on industrial farms to promote growth and compensate for overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. Three decades of scientific research have demonstrated that feeding low doses of antibiotics to food animals over a long period of time promotes the development of dangerous strains of drug-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans.

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming is a joint effort of the Pew Health Group and the Pew Environment Group working to phase-out the routine use of antibiotics on industrial farms. Learn more at www.saveantibiotics.org.

CONTACT: Linda Paris, Pew Health Group, +1-202-540-6354, lparis@pewtrusts.org.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- March 1/

WHAT: Briefing on antibiotic-free meat production WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM WHERE: Dirksen Senate Building, Room 124 U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), lead sponsor of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act/S.619 WHO: (invited) Stephen Jay, M.D., professor of Medicine and Public Health and past founding chair, Department of Public Health, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, IN (moderator) Bill Niman, owner of BN Ranch, founder of Niman Ranch, Inc. and former member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Bolinas, CA Andrew Carlson, owner and CEO of Central Coast Farms, Fulton Valley Farms, Crows Landing, CA Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Denver, CO Linda Boardman, president of Applegate Farms, Branchburg, NJ

SOURCE Pew Health Group
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