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GAO calls for more oversight on antibiotic use in food animals

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Government Accountability Office has called on the federal government to establish specific guidelines and to increase collection of information on the use of medically important drugs in food animals.

The GAO noted that, according to the World Health Organization, "antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health."

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause at least 2 million human illnesses in the U.S. each year, "and there is strong evidence that some resistance in bacteria is caused by antibiotic use in food animals (cattle, poultry and swine. . .

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