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Legislation #: 140790 Introduction Date: 9/25/2014
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER CURLS AND COUNCILMEMBER MARCASON
Title: Expressing the City Council’s support for a statewide and national ban on non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock production and directing the City Clerk to send copies to our state and national leaders.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
9/22/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/25/2014 Referred to Neighborhoods, Housing & Healthy Communities
10/1/2014 Hold On Agenda (10/22/2014)
10/22/2014 Hold Off Agenda
7/9/2015 Release
9/8/2015 Released

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RESOLUTION NO. 140790

 

Expressing the City Council’s support for a statewide and national ban on non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock production and directing the City Clerk to send copies to our state and national leaders.

 

WHEREAS, eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in livestock production and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has reported that most of those antibiotics are used irresponsibly; and

 

WHEREAS, low doses of antibiotics are routinely fed to livestock for growth promotion and disease prevention to compensate for crowded, unsanitary conditions in a practice known as “non-therapeutic use”; and

 

WHEREAS, “non-therapeutic use” creates ideal conditions for the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; and

 

WHEREAS, antibiotic resistance in pathogens due to non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock production has been a public health concern since the 1960s and antibiotic-resistant bacteria on livestock operations are known to spread to retail meat, farmers, farmworkers and rural environments; and

 

WHEREAS, antibiotic resistant bacteria have been the cause of several foodborne illness outbreaks, including a 2011 outbreak of antibiotic resistant Salmonella in ground turkey that sickened 136 people, hospitalized 37, and killed one and lead to the third largest meat recall in the USDA’s records and a 2013 outbreak of antibiotic resistant Salmonella in chicken that sickened 416 people and hospitalized 162; and

 

WHEREAS, the CDC reported that at least two million Americans suffer from antibiotic- resistant bacterial infections each year and twenty-three thousand Americans die from those infections; and

 

WHEREAS, the medical and social costs of antibiotic-resistance infections in just one hospital for one year have been estimated to be between $13 million and $18 million; and

 

WHEREAS, the federal government has limited non-therapeutic uses of two classes of antibiotics, but otherwise largely relied on voluntary guidance to attempt to reduce overuse of antibiotics in livestock production, despite regular acknowledgements that non-therapeutic use and the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria poses a significant public health threat; and

 

WHEREAS, President Obama signed an executive order on September 18, 2014, to establish an inter-agency task force charged with developing a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria; and

 

WHEREAS, the Protection of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (“PAMTA”) and the Prevention of Antibiotics Resistance Act (“PARA”) have been introduced in Congress to require the FDA to re-evaluate animal feed approvals with antibiotics; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council believes that these issues affect the public health of residents and visitors of Kansas City, Missouri; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City of Kansas City, Missouri supports a statewide and national ban on non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock production; and

 

Section 2. That the City of Kansas City, Missouri supports the Protection of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA).

Section 3. That a copy be sent to the City’s state legislative representatives and its national Congressional representatives.

 

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