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University of CA, San Francisco’s Sustainability Task Force Passes Resolution Calling for an End to Purchasing of Meat and Poultry Raised With Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics
Date:5/10/2013

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 10, 2013

The University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Academic Senate Coordinating Committee, the School of Pharmacy Faculty Council, and the School of Medicine Faculty Council unanimously approved a resolution in April to phase out the procurement of meat and poultry raised with non-therapeutic antibiotics at UCSF. The resolution also encourages all University of California campuses to do the same.

“There is overwhelming scientific consensus that overuse of antibiotics in livestock is a health hazard to people. It’s time for hospitals, universities, and other consumers to stop buying meat raised with non-therapeutic antibiotics,” said Dr. Thomas Newman, the Chair of the Sustainability Task Force at UCSF that originally spearheaded the resolution, and a member of the faculty at the School of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Newman also sits on the Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF-PSR) which assisted in drafting the resolution. SF-PSR coordinates Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program in California.

Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animal agriculture, primarily for non-therapeutic purposes. These antibiotics are being used for growth promotion and to compensate for unsanitary living conditions. There is strong consensus among independent experts that overuse of these medically important drugs in animal agriculture contributes to growing antibiotic resistance. The European Union banned the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in livestock production in 2006. More than 300 organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and Health Care Without Harm, have advocated ending the practice here in the U.S.

“We believe that healthcare is best positioned to lead our society away from its addiction to antibiotics in animal agriculture,
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