Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

subtherapeutic antibiotics

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production: Pew’s Response to Raymond Op-Ed


In his attempt to clarify the issue of antibiotic use in meat and poultry production (“Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics,” Jan. 7), Dr. Richard Raymond confuses matters. Most importantly, Dr. Raymond mischaracterizes the value of tetracyclines and the dangers of their overuse. The World Health Organization ranks their importance… Continue Reading

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

Rep. Waxman Seeks Legislation to Improve Reporting for Antibiotics in Agriculture

California Congressman Henry Waxman, a Democrat serving as Ranking Member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday announced he’s introducing legislation that would improve the data that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration collects on antibiotics used in animal agriculture, a practice that is increasingly under the microscope. Waxman announced his bill – the… Continue Reading

Judge to FDA: Revive Proposal to Restrict Animal Antibiotics

The FDA must act on its 35-year-old proposal to ban certain antibiotics from animal feed, ruled a federal court Thursday.  In 1977, FDA determined that 3 antibiotics were likely contributing to drug-resistant bacteria strains in humans and should be reserved for therapeutic uses only. But the agency never held the drug company hearings required to… 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