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Senators Want More Antibiotics Information From FDA

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Monday to ask for more information regarding the agency’s efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production. The senators called Guidance #213 and the proposed rule on Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs)… Continue Reading

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

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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

Codex Adopts Limits on Lead in Infant Formula, Arsenic in Rice

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At the its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted a number of new standards, including maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. The commission was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health… Continue Reading

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

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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

Presidential Council Calls for New Antibiotics in Upcoming Report on Antibiotic Resistance

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During its 30th official meeting held this past Friday, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) discussed and voted to approve its upcoming report on antibiotic resistance. According to PCAST co-chair Dr. Eric Lander, the report calls for a new interagency task force and a standing advisory council, additional funds to strengthen… Continue Reading

Advocate Groups Reach Out to President’s Science Advisors Ahead of Antibiotics Meeting

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will meet Friday to discuss its work on antibiotic resistance and nanotechnology and to hear from speakers about oceans policy. A group of public health, consumer, and environmental protection organizations have sent a letter to PCAST expressing concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s… Continue Reading

Report on Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Has Some Good News and Some Bad News

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The latest federal report on antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria shows that, while there has been some progress in reducing the resistance of some pathogens, other are showing greater resistance. The data come from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a surveillance system run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and… Continue Reading

Superbug Found in Squid Has ‘Troubling’ Implications

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A developing threat to the effectiveness of antibiotics are carbapenemases — enzymes that allow bacteria to break down carbapenem-class antibiotics, thereby developing resistance. What’s most troubling about carbapenemase-producing organisms is that they are resistant to most other classes of antibiotics as well. Carbapenems are used as a last resort. Infections from these bacteria are commonly… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Seeks USDA Response to Salmonella as Adulterant Petition

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On the third anniversary of filing a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have antibiotic-resistant Salmonella declared an adulterant, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is still waiting for a response. On Wednesday, the consumer advocate group filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Reduction Advocates Target Growth Promotion Marketing Loophole

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Last week, the Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) coalition sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to police efforts by drug companies to sidestep Guidance #213 on antibiotics in animal feed. Released last December, FDA announced its final plan to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote growth in… Continue Reading