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Antibiotic Use Deserves Serious Conversation, Not Scare Tactics

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The recent release of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on antibiotic sales brought a round of calls from certain advocacy groups to ban the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. These advocates remind me of another crowd: the anti-vaccination movement. Both the groups pushing for an antibiotic-free animal agriculture and the “anti-vaxxers” ignore established… Continue Reading

Tyson ‘Striving to Eliminate’ Human Antibiotics in Chickens

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Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer in the U.S., announced Tuesday that it would strive to quit using human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. The company, based in Springdale, AR, stated that it has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, requires a veterinarian’s prescription for… Continue Reading

FDA Finds ‘Encouraging’ News in Antimicrobial Resistance in Retail Meat

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According to a federal report released Monday, there’s some “encouraging” news regarding antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System’s (NARMS) published its 2012 Retail Meat Report and an interim report for 2013 solely focused on Salmonella. The reports stated that there was a decrease in third-generation cephalosporin resistance among poultry meats in… Continue Reading

62 Percent of 2013 Animal Antibiotics Sales Were Medically Important Drugs

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Federal data released last week show that sales of medically important antimicrobials used in food-producing animals in the U.S. increased by 3 percent in 2013 and by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. The Food and Drug Administration’s 2013 Summary Report of the information animal drug sponsors are required by the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA)… Continue Reading

CDC: Shigella Infections Becoming Resistant to Recommended Antibiotic

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Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a greater proportion of Shigella infections in the United States are now resistant to a very important antibiotic. Shigella causes an estimated 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually and is transmitted easily from person to person and through contaminated food and recreational… Continue Reading

USDA Awards Food Safety Research Grants

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial… Continue Reading

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