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Proposed Trade Deal Prompts Concern Over Imported Shrimp

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Members of the U.S. shrimp industry are voicing concerns that elements of a major trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, could weaken the ability of regulators to reject unsafe seafood imports. The concern arises as more shrimp imports from Southeast Asia are testing positive for banned antibiotics and foodborne pathogens. More than 90 percent of the… Continue Reading

Why Chicken Is Going Antibiotic-Free First

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When McDonald’s announced in March that it would be phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics in raising the chickens that supply its 14,000 U.S. restaurants, some asked, “What about the Big Mac and the McRib?” Since then, Tyson Foods and Foster Farms have made commitments to responsible use of antibiotics in chicken production…. Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes Veterinary Feed Directive

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On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration published the final rule for its Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which brings the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. “That means using a product for a specifically-identified disease, at the right dose, and for… Continue Reading

Drug Firm Announces Antibiotic Stewardship Plan at White House Forum

Critics say forum lacked consumer, public health perspectives

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At the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, Elanco Animal Health president Jeff Simmons revealed his company’s new antibiotic stewardship plan. (Elanco Animal Health is a division of the Eli Lilly drug company.) Some of the aspects of the plan are already in place, Simmons said, while others are additional intentions. The eight points of… Continue Reading

President Declares Federal Policy for ‘Responsible Use’ of Antibiotics in Food Production

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According to a memorandum signed by President Obama on Tuesday, it is now the policy of the federal government to encourage responsible use of antibiotics in the production of meat and poultry. The memorandum supports the supply chain for these products by directing federal departments and agencies to create a preference for acquiring them. Within… Continue Reading

Foster Farms Cuts Back on Antibiotics Use

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Foster Farms, the California-based company linked to an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg that sickened 634 people in 2013 and 2014, is the latest major chicken producer to go antibiotic-free. The company announced Monday that it is introducing two new lines of antibiotic-free chicken for major retailers in the Western U.S. The new Foster… Continue Reading

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