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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

Chick-fil-A Plans to Stop Serving Chickens Raised With Antibiotics


Chick-fil-A announced Tuesday that it plans to phase out serving chickens raised with antibiotics. The fast food chain is calling for the changes along their supply chain to happen within five years. “We are asking suppliers to work with the USDA to verify that antibiotics are never administered from the hatchery to the processing plant,”… 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

Emerging Contaminants: Ag Runoff Poses Health Risks


The most well-documented impacts of agriculture runoff on human and ecological health are primarily related to nutrient pollution in water, where nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizers cause oxygen-starved “dead zones” in water. Now, scientists and government agencies are also examining the impacts of agriculture runoff as a significant source of emerging contaminants, substances that may… Continue Reading

FDA Warns NY Ranch Owner After Finding Potentially Harmful Drug Residues in Veal Calf


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to the owner of Riverview Ranch and Livestock in New York after an investigation found that the operation sold an adulterated animal for slaughter for food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) analyzed kidney tissue samples of a bob veal calf… Continue Reading

New Study Ties Higher Rate of MRSA Infections to Living Near Swine Operations


Pennsylvania residents living near pig farms or fields fertilized with pig manure were up to 38 percent more likely to acquire infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, according to a new study by researchers from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. The… Continue Reading

Emerging Pathogens: Antibiotic Resistance Slowly Growing in Salmonella


The number of antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella serotypes hasn’t increased drastically in recent years, but drug-resistant Salmonella continues to pose a public health threat in the United States, particularly as resistance spreads across classes of drugs, necessitates the use of more expensive drugs, makes treatment less effective, and, in worse-case scenarios, leaves infections untreatable. A recent Centers… Continue Reading

Health Professionals Ask Obama to Take Stronger Action on Antibiotics in Ag

Citing the growing threat from antibiotic resistant infections, nearly 800 health care professionals signed onto a letter sent to the Obama administration on Tuesday urging more limits on antibiotics used in food animal production. “Current patterns of antibiotic use in agriculture not only increase the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections in people but also support an… Continue Reading

Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella a Rare but ‘Growing Concern’ in Canada


Antibiotic resistance among species of Salmonella remains an extremely rare phenomenon in Canadian health, but it’s a “growing concern” worth monitoring, according to a new study led by researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada published in the June 2013 edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The resistant strains also do not appear to be coming from… Continue Reading

CSPI Issues New Report on Antibiotic Resistance; Slaughter and DeLauro Call for Action


The majority of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens on record have occurred in the past thirteen years, according to a new report released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest on Wednesday. The analysis found that between 1973 and 2011 there were 55 antibiotic-resistant outbreaks, 34 (58 percent) of which occurred… Continue Reading