Hog producers and their veterinarians are presently engaged in the evaluation of their on-farm animal health treatment practices and recordkeeping to ensure compliance with the enhanced Veterinary Feed Directive rule, which is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017....More
The National Pork Board today debuted a new infographic depicting how U.S. pig farmers work with their veterinarians to use antibiotics responsibly to help keep people, pigs and the planet healthy. ...More
The National Pork Board announced the seven members of its blue ribbon panel on antibiotics, an outcome of the Pork Checkoff’s stewardship plan first defined in June. The new, third-party panel includes experts with specific experience and knowledge in antibiotic practices or consumer marketing, but who are independent of NPB practices....More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its third progress report highlighting its recent actions to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals; public meeting also announced....More
It’s official. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issuing the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule on antibiotic use, the countdown has begun for the nation’s livestock producers, veterinarians and feed providers to come into compliance by December 2016....More
Antibiotics and their use in food animals will be the illuminating consumer issue this year. Rightfully so; consumers depend on antibiotics as a critical tool to help keep them healthy when they get ill, just as hog farmers depend on antimicrobials to help sick pigs....More
A variety of agricultural groups responded to the news that President Obama had signed an Executive Order on Sept. 18, directing key federal departments and agencies to take action to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria....More
A group of senators wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Monday to ask for more information about curbing the use of antibiotics in food animal production....More
The issue of antibiotic use in livestock continues to be debated in political circles. This week President Obama held a webinar to take a look at agricultural antibiotic use. The issue is on the minds of international leaders as well, and several stories delved into the antibiotic issue on a global scale. Feed Navigator.com outlined steps being taken by the UK’s parliament to investigate antimicrobial use in agriculture. At the same time, a National Law Review article suggested that antibiotic resistance may be more related to too few new antibiotics being developed than to agricultural use. The World Health Organization will be holding an online public discussion over the next two months as part of a move toward developing a Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance....More
Recently, you may have heard something about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) making a new announcement regarding antibiotic use in livestock production. Officially the agency that regulates the use of antibiotics said:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.”...More
On Dec. 11, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced important steps to ensure the judicious use of antibiotics in food animals as one approach to addressing antimicrobial resistance in human medicine.
In an effort to clarify what this ruling means to livestock producers and other industry professionals, members of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois will offer a webinar to address the new rules on Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m....More
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week on two proposals aimed at limiting the use of antibiotics in food animals in an attempt to address growing concerns about antimicrobial resistance in humans. As www.meatingplace.com reported, the move came amid a growing debate about whether the use of antibiotics on the farm is creating resistance to medicine. FDA says it does, and that the use of antibiotics in animal production needs to be limited to only therapeutic uses and not for growth promotion. The meat industry continues to point to the inconclusive link between animal antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance, emphasizing that producers are already judicious when it comes to antibiotic use....More
News that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to help phase out the use of certain antimicrobial drugs as growth promoters in livestock means there’s now a timeframe in place for livestock producers to adjust production practices, says Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley....More
The American Meat Institute (AMI) has issued a statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s publication of the final Guidance 213 and proposed Veterinary Feed Directive rule implementing the policy of extending veterinary oversight and eliminating the subtherapeutic (routine) use of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture....More
The Animal Health Institute (AHI) issued a statement today in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s publication of the final Guidance 213 and proposed VFD rule implementing the policy of extending veterinary oversight and eliminating the subtherapeutic use of medical important antibiotics in animal agriculture....More
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today submitted comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Antimicrobial Animal Drug Sales and Distribution Annual Summary Report Data Tables.
In its letter, NPPC indicated before releasing the report, FDA should provide background to allow proper interpretation of the data.
For its part, FDA makes the following points as to why it is difficult to make a comparison between the amount of antibiotics used in humans and that use in animals, including:...More
Investments in product discovery and maintenance of existing products by animal health companies rose by 4.6% to $747 million in 2012, according to the Animal Health Institute’s (AHI’s) latest Research and Development Survey. ...More
Following is an official statement from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) board of directors authored by animal scientist R.L. Preston.
Yes, we can be thankful that antibiotics are still effective in humans and animals since they were discovered over 80 years ago. The availability of antibiotics to treat infectious diseases is a medical miracle that has radically improved the health and well-being of both humans and animals, including pets....More