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Letter to the Editor: CA needs to close antibiotic loopholes

Opinion

Editor’s note: A group of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health sent the below letter to several California officials this past week. It is reprinted here with the permission of the authors.  To: Dr. Annette Jones, State Veterinarian and Director, Animal Health and Food… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Resistance: Very Critical to Your and My Health

Opinion

The scientists here at Consumer Reports read Dr. Richard Raymond’s op-ed “Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics” with great interest. We were particularly struck by his assertion that most antibiotics used in animal production are not used to treat humans and are therefore “not critical to your or my health.”… 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

Letter From The Editor: Streetlights

After going back and forth about what to write for Christmas Day, I’ve decided to treat this as any other day. Just pretend we are at the corner gas station or firehouse, doing what we do everyday, which is talk about food safety.  There is nothing scarier than contemplating hospitalization for an illness resistant to… Continue Reading

FDA Backs Off Withdrawing Certain Antibiotics from Livestock Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided not to withdraw penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed, backing off the agency’s initial intention to do so. The news was not announced, but was published in the Federal Register just before the holidays. In 1977, FDA first announced its intention to withdraw the animal drug approvals… Continue Reading

Chipotle CEO Urges Congress to Limit Ag Antibiotics

Steve Ells, CEO of fast-growing restaurant chain Chipotle, made a trip to Capitol Hill this week to show support for a bill to limit the subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in meat production. Ells and others in the “all natural” meat business say their success shows that, with some changes in husbandry, raising animals without drugs… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Use Increased in 2010 Food Animal Production

Sales of antibiotics intended for domestic food animals increased from 2009 to 2010, according to new data released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Pew Health Group analyzed the numbers in the report, the second-ever issued by FDA, which showed a boost of 6.7 percent, from 28.8 million pounds in 2009 to 30.6… Continue Reading