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Ruling on FDA’s Oversight of Animal Antibiotic Use Called a ‘Big Blow to Public Health’


In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not required to hold hearings concerning the safety of feeding antibiotics at subtherapeutic levels. The ruling overturns two district court rulings from 2012 in a case initially filed in 2011 by the Natural… Continue Reading

Cargill to Phase Out Growth-Promoting Antibiotics in Signature Turkey Brands


Cargill announced this week that it will stop using antibiotics for growth promotion in raising its turkeys. The company says the changes to its two signature brands — Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms — makes Cargill the first major turkey producer to have a USDA Process Verified Program for this purpose. A Cargill press release… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Readers Provide Astute Commentary on Animal Agriculture



On Oct. 28, Richard Raymond, the former Undersecretary for Food Safety at USDA, wrote a short piece about industrial agriculture, food safety, the recent Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) report about industrial livestock production, and (allegedly, although not really) feeding the world. In this op-ed, he took pains to characterize the Johns… Continue Reading

Advances in Animal Agriculture Help to Feed the World



James Andrews recently had a very well-written piece on Food Safety News covering the press conference held by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CFL) regarding the Pew Commission report written five years ago. It was well-written and well-researched, but that does not mean I agree with all the comments made. The CFL… Continue Reading

Report: Problems Posed by Animal Agriculture Have Worsened in Recent Years


In the past five years, policies by the Obama administration and Congress have worsened the problems that animal agriculture poses to public health, the environment and animal welfare, according to a new report by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. The new report, released Tuesday, serves as an update to a 2008 report… Continue Reading

Concerns About Animal Welfare, Food Safety Spur Industry Changes


The 42 Good Husbandry Grants recently awarded by Animal Welfare Approved to farms and slaughter plants across the country are yet another sign of changes occurring in the livestock industry. “It’s really a testament to how agriculture is transitioning from industrialized to pasture-based,” said AWA program director Andrew Gunther, referring to the many applications the organization received… Continue Reading

Indiana Lawmakers Went Home this AM Without “Ag-Gag”


The Indiana General Assembly early this morning adjourned for the year without passing any version of a proposed “ag-gag” law, including a tougher version that was favored by the Senate. When Senate Bill 373 passed in the Senate again Friday on a 29-to-21 vote, the measure went over to House. In the House debate that… Continue Reading

Common Ground Exists in Drug Resistance Debate: Response to Pew Op-Ed



To some, the ongoing debate over the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food is like the sign post in the Wizard of Oz — pointing in opposite directions. But from reading “Antibiotics in Food Animal Production: Pew’s Response to Raymond Op-Ed,” Jan.11, there is violent agreement between PEW and the animal health industry…. Continue Reading

Center for a Livable Future Response to Raymond Op-Ed



This piece is co-authored by Dr. Robert Lawrence and Tyler J. Smith of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. We read Dr. Richard Raymond’s recent article on antibiotic use in food animals with great interest.  Dr. Raymond is a physician who has served this country as Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S…. Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness Seeks Victims of Antibiotic Resistance


STOP Foodborne Illness, a Chicago-based nonprofit public health organization, is looking for victims of foodborne illness whose treatments had to be extended because of antibiotic resistance. “Doctors and other health experts have warned for years about the overuse of antibiotics to treat illness, which contributes to the rise of ‘super bugs’ resistant to the healing… Continue Reading