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Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics


From what I have been reading lately, it appears to me that the next big fight over agriculture’s ability to provide consumers with plentiful, safe and affordable meat and poultry products will focus on the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. And it also appears to me that the information being provided through… Continue Reading

Q&A With Michael Taylor, Part II: Antibiotics, Orange Juice & Consolidation

Part II of a conversation with Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on a variety of issues facing the agency.  Q: The agency’s getting a lot of heat, both from public health advocates and the media, over antibiotics in animal agriculture. This issue doesn’t seem to be going… Continue Reading

FDA Limits an Antibiotic in Animals to Curb Drug Resistance

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it will be restricting the use of cephalosporin – a type of antibiotic – in food animals in order to prevent the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of human diseases. The cephalosporin class of drugs is used to treat a variety of serious conditions, including skin infections, urinary… Continue Reading

FDA Urged to Act on Vital Class of Antibiotics

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday to ban the extra-label use of certain antibiotics in food animal production that are of critical importance in human medicine. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Rep. Slaughter urged the agency to finalize a stalled rule to ban extra-label use… Continue Reading