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Pew report encourages investments to reduce contamination

Citing an estimated 2 million U.S. illnesses caused annually because of contaminated meat and poultry and resulting health care costs of almost $6 billion, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts is calling for renewed commitment from government and industry to reduce microorganisms before animals reach the slaughterhouse. In its report “Food Safety From Farm… Continue Reading

Research shows feedlot link to E. coli O157:H7 on leafy greens

Current guidelines for the minimum distance between cattle feed lots and fresh produce growing fields are likely inadequate to ensure leafy greens are not contaminated with E. coli from dust and manure. “Additional research is needed to determine safe set-back distances between cattle feedlots and crop production that will reduce fresh produce contamination,” according to… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

South Texas Feedlots Hold Lessons About Resistant Salmonella

Antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella that can compromise the safety of fresh beef is the target of research being funded by the Beef Checkoff and the Texas Beef Council. An update on the work, by the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science, was recently presented in Dallas at the 2015 Beef Industry Safety Summit. The A&M AgriLife Research… Continue Reading