What's the Background?
The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) outlines steps for implementing the White House National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which seeks to preserve antibiotics used to fight diseases. CARB includes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Judicious Use Policy – Guidance 213 – which will end the use in livestock production of antibiotics for growth promotion or nutritional efficiency and put therapeutic uses of those same antibiotics under veterinary oversight. CARB also includes data collection on antibiotics uses.
Why is it important?
A stronger federal system of antibiotic data collection, monitoring and enhanced surveillance will greatly assist in understanding the impacts of implementation of the FDA’s Guidance 213. The information not only will assist policymakers but will assist veterinarians and producers as they make management decisions about the use of antibiotics on their farms.
What is NPPC's position?
NPPC is requesting that Congress appropriate nearly $10 million for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for implementation of the agency’s Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan. NPPC also supports approximately $25 million of additional funds identified in the President’s fiscal 2017 budget for antimicrobial resistance and alternatives research through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Agricultural Research Service.