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Poultry ‘Feed Tickets’ Show Systematic Antibiotics Use

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On Monday, Reuters published its analysis of “feed tickets” from Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue Farms, George’s and Koch Foods in order to illustrate how U.S. poultry producers systematically feed antibiotics to their chickens. Mills that make feed for companies issue these feed tickets to chicken growers listing the types, amounts, and FDA-approved purposes for each… Continue Reading

Perdue Announces Dramatic Reduction in Antibiotic Use in its Chickens

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Perdue Foods, the third-largest chicken producer in the country, is setting a high bar for antibiotics preservation on farms, and the public health community is pleased. At a press conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the company announced that it has stopped using antibiotics in all of its chicken hatcheries. Chairman Jim Perdue called it “another… 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

AMA Seeks Ban on Antibiotic Use on Farms for Growth Promotion

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for federal action to ban antibiotic use in food animals for growth promotion purposes so as to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. “Use drives resistance and overuse drives resistance to happen even faster,” said David Wallinga, a physician on the Keep Antibiotics Working steering committee. There is… Continue Reading

Warren Questions FDA Commissioner About Antibiotics Guidance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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