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Lawmakers urge EPA to rethink use of antibiotics on citrus trees


U.S. lawmakers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to rethink its position on the use of two medically important antibiotics to treat a disease affecting citrus production. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, J.D., MBA, Rep. Jackie Speier, a democrat from California, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a democrat from Massachusetts, said the EPA's proposals to significantly expand the application of oxytetracycline and streptomycin on citrus trees to prevent citrus greening disease — a bacterial infection — will exacerbate the problem of antimicrobial resistance. more

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