In a hearing to review the use of antimicrobials in the livestock industry, 11 scientific experts were called on to testify. Those providing testimony to the Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, included representatives from animal health groups, the animal agriculture industry and academia. Testimony focused on how antimicrobials are used in animal agriculture and best management practices that help producers responsibly manage their use.

"It is clear from today's hearing and the testimony of producers and veterinarians in the field, that antimicrobial use decreases mortality of animals, decreases disease, reduces cost of food and increases food safety," says Congressman Leonard Boswell, Subcommittee Chairman. "Healthy animals bring us healthy food, and science
plays a huge role in that."

"Today, the subcommittee heard undeniable evidence supporting the judicious use of antimicrobials in animal agriculture. I hope that careful consideration is given to this record by those groups and individuals who are advocating arbitrary limitations on these vital animal health tools," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Robin Hayes.

Witnesses providing testimony included:

John Clifford, DVM,
Deputy Administrator,
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Bernadette Dunham, DVM,
Center for Veterinary Medicine,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Craig Rowles, DVM,
Pork Producer,
on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council,

Michael Rybolt,
Scientific and Regulatory Affairs,
National Turkey Federation.

Robert D. Byrne,
Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs,
National Milk Producers Federation,

Spangler Klopp, DVM,
Corporate Veterinarian,
Townsends, Inc.
on behalf of the National Chicken Council

Blair Van Zetten,
Oskaloosa Food Products,
on behalf of United Egg Producers

Michael D. Apley, DVM,
Director, PharmCATS Bioanalytical Laboratory,
Department of Clinical Sciences,
Kansas State University,
on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Richard Carnevale,
Vice President,
Scientific, Regulatory and International Affairs,
Animal Health Institute

Christine Hoang, DVM,
Assistant Director, Scientific Activities Division,
American Veterinary Medical Association,

Randall Singer,
Associate Professor of Epidemiology,
College of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Minnesota

A full transcript of the hearing will be posted on the Committee website in 4-6 weeks.

Source: The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Web site