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USDA: Alternatives to Antibiotics to Keep Food Animals Healthy


(This article was posted Nov. 18, 2015, on the USDA blog site.) Antibiotics are lifesavers. We depend on them to treat bacterial infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and strep throat, as well as ear infections and infected wounds. In response to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance, veterinarians and producers are moving toward… Continue Reading

Managing ‘Black Gold': Animal Manure and Antibiotic Resistance

Compost turner used for windrow churning. To avoid across contamination, compost turner was thoroughly washed by farm workers in between study treatments.

Many farmers refer to manure as “black gold” and rightly so because it adds nutrients to the soil, which helps crops grow and be more productive. In earlier times, before the advent of synthetic fertilizers, crop farmers would often buy a cow solely for the manure it would produce and use the manure for fertilizer…. Continue Reading

What Subway Serves for Lunch Can Help Save Lives


Hens eating in poultry barn

Antibiotics have been making lots of headlines in the past year as restaurant chains increasingly announce plans to phase out their routine use in meat and poultry supply chains. Panera and Chipotle are leading the pack. Others are in the planning or early implementation stage, such as McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts and, as of last… Continue Reading

Subway to Phase Out Poultry Products Raised With Antibiotics


Subway Restaurants announced Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that its 27,000-plus outlets in the United States will start transitioning early next year to serving poultry products made only from turkeys and chickens raised without antibiotics. “Beginning in March 2016, SUBWAY® customers across the U.S. will able to order meals made with chicken raised without antibiotics. Turkey raised… Continue Reading

Report Suggests Taking a Second Look at Safety of Animal Drugs

Cattle feeding

There might be more animal drugs to worry about than just antibiotics. That’s according to a report released by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) this past week. “America’s Secret Animal Drug Problem” is an overview of safety information currently available for commonly used animal drugs. In addition to the antibiotics, CFS also addressed beta-agonists,… Continue Reading

Undercover Investigation Alleges Abuse of Chickens, Workers at Tyson Slaughter Plant in Texas

Tyson undercover photo of chicken

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has released undercover video footage from inside a Tyson Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Carthage, Texas, which the group asserts documents a system exploiting both workers and animals. The videotape includes an interview with the undercover investigator, filmed in shadow to protect her identity. This is the second recent undercover investigation involving Tyson Foods. In July, Mercy… Continue Reading

Senators Still Want Answers From Antibiotic Resistance Task Force


Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are still waiting for answers to animal antibiotics questions posed eight months ago. The senators originally wrote to the co-chairs of the Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in December 2014 wanting to know about how the task force plans to address issues in enforcement,… Continue Reading

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Linked to Missouri Slaughter Plant Suspended by FSIS


Update: Rain Crow Ranch, the Doniphan, MO, cattle operation which owns a nearby beef processing facility recently shut down by the federal government for humane handling violations, is being sued in connection with a 2014 E. coli death. According to an Aug. 17, 2015, Massachusetts newspaper report, a Braintree, MA, couple is suing Rain Crow Ranch and Whole Foods Market, claiming… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Stop Censorship of Undercover Videos



Constitutional rights not used or claimed might not survive from one generation to the next. It’s not good enough to say that because of New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), no prior restraint — meaning no government-imposed censorship or punishment — may exist against anyone’s rights to speak or publish under the First Amendment…. Continue Reading

MN Hog Farm Suspends Workers Before Group Releases Undercover Video


When an animal agriculture facility is caught with workers abusing their charges, the usual routine is to wait until the undercover video is made public and then, maybe after a day or two, fire the offending employees. Last Friday, however, Sleepy Eye, MN-based Christensen Farms was the first to act when it announced the suspension… Continue Reading