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Warren Questions FDA Commissioner About Antibiotics Guidance


The issue of antibiotics in animal feed reared its head again Thursday as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg about the effectiveness of Guidance 213 during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing. “Surely the removal of production uses from the market is a good… Continue Reading

NRDC Analysis of FDA Documents Finds Livestock Antibiotics ‘High Risk’ to Humans


According to a safety review conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, penicillin and tetracycline antibiotic feed additives approved for “nontherapeutic use” do not meet the agency’s current safety standards. In a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report released today, previously undisclosed FDA documents reveal that none of the 30 products reviewed between 2001… Continue Reading

Advocates Ask Foster Farms About Antibiotics Use


More than 30 advocate groups sent a letter to Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster this week asking the company to disclose its use of antibiotics and pledge to avoid routine use of the drugs in raising its chickens. This comes after a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 416 was linked to the company’s products…. Continue Reading

Superbugs and Other Nonsense



In a recent Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” CR stated, “our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested.” Consumer Reports is claiming that a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics is a “superbug,” but nothing could be further from the truth… Continue Reading

Gut Bacteria on 97 Percent of Retail Chicken Breasts


It won’t all harm you, but some of it might. That’s the caveat in the latest Consumer Reports analysis of tests on raw chicken breasts purchased at retailers nationwide. The analysis found that 97 percent of tested chicken breast samples “harbored bacteria that could make you sick.” While it is true that the detected bacteria… Continue Reading

Will FDA’s Voluntary Plan Actually Reduce Antibiotics in Animal Feed?


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the final version of a voluntary plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals. Antibiotics are added to the feed or drinking water of cattle, hogs, poultry and other food-producing animals to help them gain weight faster or use less food to gain… Continue Reading

FSIS Salmonella Action Plan Criticized for HIMP Emphasis


Food-safety advocates are praising the U.S. Department of Agriculture for releasing its Salmonella Action Plan while also criticizing it for not going far enough in reducing the estimated 1.3 million illnesses caused by the pathogen each year. Much of the concern over the plan regards the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” proposal, which the plan names… Continue Reading

Q&A: US Rep. Louise Slaughter Discusses Antibiotic Resistance


About 80 percent of all antibiotics distributed in the U.S. are for food animals. They’re commonly used to promote growth and to prevent, control and treat disease. Overuse can promote the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the food supply and ultimately cause resistant infections in humans. In September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Foster Farms and the Complexity of Antibiotic Resistance


With the official case count in the Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak rising again on Wednesday, many reports have highlighted the fact that at least six of the seven Salmonella strains associated with the outbreak are resistant to antibiotics. What may not be clear to consumers is what exactly it means for the strains to… Continue Reading

Who’s Guarding the Hen House?

Misconceptions About Kosher Chicken Production and the Need for Further Study


This editorial was co-authored by Timothy D. Lytton and Joe M. Regenstein, Ph.D. Lytton is a professor of law at Albany Law School. Regenstein is a professor of food science in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. A recent study found that kosher-certified chicken contains more antibiotic-resistant E. coli than non-kosher chicken, a result that… Continue Reading