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First World Antibiotic Awareness Week Focuses on Education

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the governments of several countries want people to learn more about antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today, and, while it occurs naturally, misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals accelerates the process. Monday kicked off the first World Antibiotic Awareness… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: ‘Super’ Weeds and the C-Word


A couple of weeks ago, when I found myself putting a few thousand miles on a new truck in the upper Midwest, I forgot to take enough music along to cover all that distance. That left no choice but to turn to the AM radio, where there are three options: religious, public and farm. I… Continue Reading

2011 Outbreak of Rare E. Coli Strain was Costly for Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) has totaled up some economic costs of the 2011 outbreak of the rare and deadly E. coli O104:H4 centered on Northern Europe. Farmers and industries lost $1.3 billion, and emergency aid provided to 22 European states cost another $236 million, according to WHO. The novel E. coli strain was the… Continue Reading

Listeriosis and Produce: What’s the Connection?

(This post by Danisha Garner, a graduate student in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, is the second in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first post in the series can be… 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

UN Report Ranks Global Health Impact of Foodborne Parasites

When it comes to food safety concerns, foodborne parasites might not receive as much attention in the U.S. compared to bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Globally, however, foodborne parasites affect the health of millions of people annually, causing debilitating and potentially deadly conditions and sometimes living within humans for years. A new report… Continue Reading

WHO Report Calls for More Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance

The World Health Organization (WHO) released its global report on antibiotic resistance (ABR) surveillance Wednesday, and the outlook isn’t particularly positive. Resistance to common bacteria is a growing concern around the world, but the report found that “surveillance of ABR generally is neither coordinated nor harmonized, compromising the ability to assess and monitor the situation.” In… Continue Reading

Journal Nature: Farmers Should Rein in Antibiotic Use Worldwide

The prestigious journal Nature this week called for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, adding to the growing chorus of scientists and public health advocates seeking reforms. “If farmers do not rein in the use of antibiotics for livestock, people will be severely affected,” read one of the weekly journal’s editorials. “The spread… Continue Reading