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Walmart Takes a Stance on Animal Welfare, Antibiotics

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On Friday morning, Walmart announced its positions on the responsible use of animal antibiotics and on animal welfare. The company is now urging U.S. suppliers to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to adopt and implement judicious use principles for antibiotic use in farm animals, specifically referring to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s principles and the Food… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Collecting Animal Antibiotics Sales Data By Species

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to expand animal drug data to include information about species. Each year, the agency publishes a summary of the information animal drug sponsors are required to report every year by the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), but the data are only broken down by drug class…. Continue Reading

What Makes Antibiotic Resistance a Food Safety Issue?

Opinion

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Over this past weekend, I attended the American Society for Microbiology’s fourth conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens. In addition to hearing some fascinating presentations, I also had some thought-provoking conversations with my fellow attendees. Something that came up in our chats was what we mean when we call antimicrobial resistance… Continue Reading

Responsible Antibiotics Use Standard Introduced for Chicken in School Lunches

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Starting next fall, U.S. schools will have a new option for the type of chicken they purchase for school lunches. School Food FOCUS (Food Options for Children in the United States) and The Pew Charitable Trusts worked together to create the new Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU) standard which will be verified by the Department of Agriculture…. 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

FDA Warning Letters Sent to Vet, Juice Maker, Seafood Processor, Importer

FDA Warning

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to a veterinarian, a juice producer, and two seafood facilities – one processor and an importer. FDA wrote to Dr. Rebecca W. Allen, DVM, of Vergennes, VT, about extralabel use of approved veterinary or human drugs in animals that didn’t comply with the Federal… 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

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

U.S. Rep Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

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