Humane farming advocates Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) have released an overview of the antibiotics and other drugs used in turkey production. The organization is part of the Keep Antibiotics Working coalition, which recommends that food animal producers limit the use of medically important antibiotics to disease treatment in order to prevent overuse and subsequent spread of antibiotic resistance. FACT found that among the top 20 turkey producers, only Hain Pure Protein, marketed under the Plainville Farms Brand, and Tyson Foods, marketed under the Hillshire Brand, stated that they don’t allow their producers to routinely use antibiotics related to those
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Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) is on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) case again about the growth promotion marketing loophole for antibiotics. Last May, KAW alerted FDA to their concerns that drug manufacturer Novartis was using promotional materials for a feed additive used to treat dysentery and pneumonia and enteric disease in pigs that spoke more to production issues than animal health. FDA told the coalition via email that they had discussed the issue with Novartis, but the agency would not reveal any details about the substance of their conversation. In June, KAW noticed that the company had modified the
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