To: Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Acting Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Label Meat from Animals Raised On Antibiotics

Support of FSIS Petition Number 13-03

Dear USDA,

All consumers should have the right to know whether meat sold in stores is from animals raised in a way that contributes to the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Please require antibiotic labels.


Why is this important?

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.” - World Health Organization

It’s not on the label, but the danger is real. Raising livestock and poultry on routine antibiotics is causing the growth and spread of superbugs—antibiotic-resistant bacteria—that could soon become one of the world’s #1 killers.

We have a right to know when our food threatens our health.

Seventy percent of medically-important antibiotics are used on livestock and poultry, often on animals that aren’t sick. This overuse can grow and spread drug-resistant bacteria, aka superbugs.

If the meat that consumers purchase contributes to this rising public health crisis, that should be clear to see.

Tell the USDA to label meat raised with routine antibiotics.