EPA Administrator Michael Regan:
Antibiotic resistance threatens the very fabric of modern medicine. Without effective antibiotics common infections could become life threatening illnesses — simple surgeries, childbirth, chemotherapy all become more deadly.
If we don’t course correct soon, we risk losing 10 million people per year globally to drug resistant infections by 2050. That is nearly five times the loss of life experienced from the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the stakes, we simply cannot allow citrus growers to spray crops with antibiotics considered important to human medicine.
I urge you to reverse the decision to approve the use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline as pesticides on citrus crops.