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Antibiotic Resistance: Let’s Change the Way We Understand It

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In the past few days, there have been two interesting reports on antibiotic resistance. One was released by Consumer Reports entitled, “How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?” The other, much less publicized, was put together by scientists and physicians who work in public health and do know something about antibiotic resistance. This second report was published… Continue Reading

Comments in on FDA’s Plan to Collect Species-Specific Antibiotics Sales Data

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Public health advocates concerned about how antibiotics used on farms impact increasing resistance, have long expressed the need for more on-the-ground data – particularly use by species. In May, the Food and Drug Administration proposed adding estimates of drug sales by animal species — cattle, swine, chickens or turkeys — to the summary of the information… Continue Reading

Senators Still Want Answers From Antibiotic Resistance Task Force

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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

Federal Report on Antimicrobial Trends Gets Interactive Update

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its 2012-2013 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. The new collection of data on antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats and animals at slaughter includes interactive graphs. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and… Continue Reading

Collaboration is the Key to Solving Antibiotic Resistance

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(The systematic literature review was conducted by members of a multidisciplinary research team at the Medical University of South Carolina. Authors are Bernadette P. Marriott, Ph.D.; Kristi Helke, D.V.M., Ph.D.; M.A. McCrackin, D.V.M., Ph.D.; Cassandra Salgado, M.D., M.S.; Ann Z. Poole, M.Ed., and Ashley Galloway, M.S., R.D. Their review was supported in full by Award… Continue Reading

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance Increasing in Certain Salmonella Serotypes

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Antibiotic resistance in some types of Salmonella infections is increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data Tuesday on the resistance in foodborne pathogens from human isolates. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) tracks changes in the antibiotic resistance of six types of common foodborne germs found in ill people, retail… Continue Reading

Why Chicken Is Going Antibiotic-Free First

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When McDonald’s announced in March that it would be phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics in raising the chickens that supply its 14,000 U.S. restaurants, some asked, “What about the Big Mac and the McRib?” Since then, Tyson Foods and Foster Farms have made commitments to responsible use of antibiotics in chicken production…. Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes Veterinary Feed Directive

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On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration published the final rule for its Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which brings the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. “That means using a product for a specifically-identified disease, at the right dose, and for… Continue Reading

Drug Firm Announces Antibiotic Stewardship Plan at White House Forum

Critics say forum lacked consumer, public health perspectives

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At the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, Elanco Animal Health president Jeff Simmons revealed his company’s new antibiotic stewardship plan. (Elanco Animal Health is a division of the Eli Lilly drug company.) Some of the aspects of the plan are already in place, Simmons said, while others are additional intentions. The eight points of… Continue Reading

President Declares Federal Policy for ‘Responsible Use’ of Antibiotics in Food Production

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According to a memorandum signed by President Obama on Tuesday, it is now the policy of the federal government to encourage responsible use of antibiotics in the production of meat and poultry. The memorandum supports the supply chain for these products by directing federal departments and agencies to create a preference for acquiring them. Within… Continue Reading