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Conversation Begins About How to Collect On-Farm Antibiotic Use Data


You need data to know if interventions to foster the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs are actually adopted and whether they have the desired effect in terms of both antibiotic use practices (also known as stewardship) and managing antibiotic resistance. On Wednesday, the federal agencies at the forefront of the resistance fight — the… Continue Reading

Report Ranks Antibiotics Policies at Fast Food Chains


Only Chipotle and Panera get an A grade on antibiotics policies and sourcing practices, and most other fast food chains fail, according to a report by the Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Keep Antibiotics Working, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, and Food Animal Concerns Trust. Chick-fil-a gets a B, while Dunkin’ Donuts… Continue Reading

Details Sought About Subway’s Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken


Last week, officials at Subway said that the fast-food chain plans to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics by next year, but antibiotic preservationists are frustrated by the lack of details from the company. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Keep Antibiotics Working, U.S. PIRG, Center for Food Safety, Food Animals Concern Trust, Consumers Union and other… Continue Reading

Comments in on FDA’s Plan to Collect Species-Specific Antibiotics Sales Data


Public health advocates concerned about how antibiotics used on farms impact increasing resistance, have long expressed the need for more on-the-ground data – particularly use by species. In May, the Food and Drug Administration proposed adding estimates of drug sales by animal species — cattle, swine, chickens or turkeys — to the summary of the information… Continue Reading

Proposed Trade Deal Prompts Concern Over Imported Shrimp


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


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


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


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


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


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