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April 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Antibiotics in animal feed could pose health risk

Health hazard has been ignored by officials

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

I read Marilyn Roberts’ piece in on the misuse of antibiotics and thought how sad that this information, while not new, has been ignored by our elected representatives for years [“Using antibiotics in animal feed encourages drug-resistant bacteria,” Opinion, April 21].Like other issues involving the health and well-being of the community and its members, those we elect seem to be easily distracted from their responsibilities by pressure (money) from special-interest groups.

How about calling this situation what it really is, bribery or coercion, instead of pretending that those elected aren’t aware of the consequences of their actions.

Congress needs no “education” on the need for meaningful action on industrial-antibiotic use. Those folks know what they are doing. Instead, they need education in ethics.

Mike Anderson, Burien

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