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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …