Food-safety advocates were pleased to see increased funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System for Enteric Bacteria (NARMS) in the $1.1-trillion spending bill President Barack Obama signed on Tuesday. The bill provides almost $2.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Food and
Continue Reading Food-Safety Advocates Applaud Increased FSMA, NARMS Funding

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are urging the president to include $15 million in his fiscal year 2016 budget request for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which tracks antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens. The letter, which was sent Monday, stated that
Continue Reading Senators Call on Obama for Increased NARMS Funding

When it comes to fighting antibiotic resistance, Richard Carnevale of the Animal Health Institute, which represents the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, wonders, “Are we putting more resources into this than need be?” AHI’s Vice President of Regulatory, Scientific and International Affairs had not intended to offer public comment Wednesday during the
Continue Reading Industry Rep Questions the Resources Devoted to Antibiotic Resistance Research, Prevention

A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of
Continue Reading Federal Data Show Increases, Decreases in Antimicrobial Trends

The latest federal report on antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria shows that, while there has been some progress in reducing the resistance of some pathogens, other are showing greater resistance. The data come from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a surveillance system run by the Centers for Disease
Continue Reading Report on Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Has Some Good News and Some Bad News

The Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak at a Tennessee prison that sent two of the nine infected inmates to the hospital is a subject of a new report pointing to a larger investigation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC says the outbreak associated with 33,840 pounds of mechanically
Continue Reading Salmonella Heidelberg Cases From 2013 Might Be Linked to Tennessee Outbreak