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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

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

On Tuesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. “My legislation would save eight critical classes of antibiotics from being routinely fed to healthy animals and would reserve them only for sick humans and sick animals,” Slaughter… Continue Reading

McDonald’s Plans to Phase Out Chicken Fed Medically Important Antibiotics

Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, within two years, all of the chicken served at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will come from farms which raised the birds without medically important antibiotics. The move could help limit the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which contributes to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs that sicken humans. “Our customers want… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

Petitions Urge Congressional Action on Antibiotics Legislation

Like many other bills introduced in Congress in recent years, movement on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) has stagnated. Two weeks ago, Dr. Mark Hyman introduced a petition on Credo Mobilize to get Congress to pay attention to the two bills. As of Wednesday,… Continue Reading

Q&A: US Rep. Louise Slaughter Discusses Antibiotic Resistance

About 80 percent of all antibiotics distributed in the U.S. are for food animals. They’re commonly used to promote growth and to prevent, control and treat disease. Overuse can promote the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the food supply and ultimately cause resistant infections in humans. In September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces PAMTA, Criticizes FDA Strategy for Tackling Antibiotic Resistance

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the only microbiologist in Congress, introduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, or PAMTA, on Thursday for the fourth time since 2007. The bill would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. The announcement comes just two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Health Advocates: Science on Antibiotic Resistance Is Clear

Citing an increased incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, public health advocates are again ratcheting up pressure on Congress to limit routine, subtherapeutic antibiotic use in agriculture. At back to back briefings on Capitol Hill late last week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Center for a Livable… Continue Reading