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Documentary Explores Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals

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On Tuesday night, PBS aired FRONTLINE’s two-part documentary exploring the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance. The first half of “The Trouble with Antibiotics” focused on the science and politics behind the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals, presenting the history of the practice and attempts to link human illnesses back to animal antibiotics. Highlighted… Continue Reading

Denmark Sees Small Increase in Animal Antibiotic Use

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Denmark’s latest numbers on the country’s antimicrobial use and resistance are in. The total consumption of antimicrobial agents by the country’s animals in 2013 was about 128 tons — a 4-percent increase over the previous year. According to the new DANMAP (Danish Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Program) report, the increase is mainly attributed to… Continue Reading

FDA: Antibiotics Sales to Farms Up 16 Percent Between 2009-12

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Federal data released Thursday show that sales of medically important antimicrobials used in food-producing animals in the U.S. increased by 8 percent in 2012 and by 16 percent between 2009 and 2012. The Food and Drug Administration’s 2012 Summary Report of the information animal drug sponsors are required to report every year states that, compared… Continue Reading

CSPI Files Revised Petition on Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella as Adulterants

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has submitted a revised petition for meat regulators to declare certain strains of Salmonella as adulterants, making it illegal to sell food contaminated with these bacteria and allowing the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to recall or hold the food from commerce. Earlier this… Continue Reading

Tyson Announces Removal of Antibiotics From its Chicken Hatcheries

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Tyson Foods has announced that, as of Oct. 1, it no longer uses antibiotics in its 35 chicken hatcheries. “Since the antibiotic typically used in hatcheries is important to human health, this is a significant first step toward our goal of reducing the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine,” the company… Continue Reading

CA Governor Vetoes State Senate’s Animal Antibiotics Bill

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California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed state Senate Bill 835 on animal antibiotics when it reached his desk Monday. Brown said that the bill to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and require a veterinarian prescription for a livestock antibiotic “would codify a voluntary Federal Drug Administration standard that phases-out antibiotic use for growth promotion.”… Continue Reading

White House Calls for Action Plan to Address Antibiotic Resistance

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The White House announced Thursday its plan to make the issue of antibiotic resistance a national priority. In addition to the release of the much-anticipated President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on antibiotic resistance requested by President Obama last year, there are three related developments. These include an Executive Order (EO)… Continue Reading

Poultry ‘Feed Tickets’ Show Systematic Antibiotics Use

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On Monday, Reuters published its analysis of “feed tickets” from Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue Farms, George’s and Koch Foods in order to illustrate how U.S. poultry producers systematically feed antibiotics to their chickens. Mills that make feed for companies issue these feed tickets to chicken growers listing the types, amounts, and FDA-approved purposes for each… Continue Reading

Perdue Announces Dramatic Reduction in Antibiotic Use in its Chickens

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Perdue Foods, the third-largest chicken producer in the country, is setting a high bar for antibiotics preservation on farms, and the public health community is pleased. At a press conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the company announced that it has stopped using antibiotics in all of its chicken hatcheries. Chairman Jim Perdue called it “another… Continue Reading

Petitions Urge Congressional Action on Antibiotics Legislation

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Like many other bills introduced in Congress in recent years, movement on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) has stagnated. Two weeks ago, Dr. Mark Hyman introduced a petition on Credo Mobilize to get Congress to pay attention to the two bills. As of Wednesday,… Continue Reading