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Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

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On Tuesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. “My legislation would save eight critical classes of antibiotics from being routinely fed to healthy animals and would reserve them only for sick humans and sick animals,” Slaughter… Continue Reading

Scientists Model Global Trends in Animal Antibiotic Use

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Last spring, the World Health Organization stated that there are “major gaps” in surveillance and data sharing related to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant foodborne pathogens and their impact on both animals and humans. One gap to fill is the amount of antibiotics consumed by food-producing animals worldwide each year. Estimates so far have been simply… Continue Reading

McDonald’s Plans to Phase Out Chicken Fed Medically Important Antibiotics

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Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, within two years, all of the chicken served at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will come from farms which raised the birds without medically important antibiotics. The move could help limit the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which contributes to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs that sicken humans. “Our customers want… Continue Reading

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Combat Antibiotic Overuse

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On Monday, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA). The bill, previously introduced in June 2013, would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw its approval of medically important antibiotics used for disease prevention or control that are at a high risk of abuse…. Continue Reading

Indiana University Gets Big NIH Grant to Research Antibiotic Resistance

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.3 million to a team at Indiana University for researching a new solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance, a significant and growing health concern in recent years. Each year in the U.S., Salmonella alone sickens an estimated 1.2 million people while hospitalizing 19,000 and killing 380, according to… Continue Reading

White House Wants to Nearly Double Funding for Antibiotic Resistance Fight

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President Obama wants to nearly double — to more than $1.2 billion — federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance. The administration is expected to release its full 2016 budget proposal next week, but a fact sheet released Tuesday provided a blueprint for investments in fighting antibiotic resistance — an issue it referred to… Continue Reading

Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust

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There have been many concerns raised in recent years about the overuse of antibiotics on farms, but the effect such uses have on human health is not fully understood. Researchers at Texas Tech University are now suggesting that airborne dust could be a pathway for antibiotic-resistance bacteria to travel from feedlots to human environments. Scientists… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: American Ingenuity & Antibiotic Resistance

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The parents of foodborne illness victims often tell us they felt their hearts skip a beat when doctors first told them that their child’s pathogen was resisting antibiotic treatment. We’ve learned that the earlier they know this, the better, and often there are alternatives that do work. But victims of foodborne illnesses are among the… Continue Reading

Food-Safety Regulatory Forecast for 2015

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In late November, the White House released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2014, and it provides a helpful roadmap to 2015 food-safety regulatory actions. The first actions on Food Safety News’ radar are the five of the seven major Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading