July 15, 2013

 

 Advocacy group suing for drug resistance data

Posted July 1, 2013

 

A nonprofit advocacy organization is suing the Food and Drug Administration in an attempt to get access to data on antimicrobial-resistant bacteria found in meat.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is accusing the agency of failing to respond to a request for any unpublished data or analysis connected with the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System reports on retail meat from 2002-2012 as well as for any assessments of, or speculation about, the volume of antimicrobials administered to food-producing animals each year. The defense council filed the complaint in late May with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The complaint indicates the NRDC is concerned about the volume of antimicrobials administered to livestock—particularly those administered to promote growth or prevent disease—and the presence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in meat from those animals.

The FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Agriculture work together on the resistance monitoring system, through which they collect data on antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria cultured from humans, meat sold in retail stores, and livestock.