Groups want feds to press international ban on veterinary drugs

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Some of the drugs can cause cancer, he said, and put Americans at risk when they travel or eat imported meat or fish.

In addition to Consumers Union, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Food Animal Concerns Trust also signed the letters to the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Trade Representative.

“These drugs are not needed for animal health and most countries have adopted safer alternatives,” added Steven Roach, director of Food Animal Concerns Trust’s public health program, in a statement. “We urge the U.S. delegation to insist on a recommendation that other countries prohibit use of these drugs, as the U.S. itself does.”

Starting Saturday, U.S. trade, agriculture and food regulators will attend a session of the United Nations food standards agency in Minneapolis. The session will focus on residues of veterinary drugs in food.