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
Attendees at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s recent “Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health” symposium, Nov. 12-14, in Kansas City, MO, provided some insight into the issue of antibiotic resistance....More
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) sent a letter to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology asking the Council to review the use of antibiotics in agriculture and to take appropriate action to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics....More
I was out of the country when CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released their new report on Antibiotic Resistance Threats for 2013, so it has taken me some time to read through and interpret the report. When reading, I asked myself (and will try to answer for you), “What did CDC say about the risk of on-farm antibiotic use?” The short answer is, NOT MUCH....More
Human health and animal health experts will be sharing their views on the often polarizing topic of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance at the “Bridging the Gap between Animal Health and Human Health” symposium in Kansas City, MO, on Nov. 12-14....More
The Animal Health Institute (AHI), which represents animal health drug sponsors, has issued the following statement regarding Monday’s report by the Centers for Disease Control on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States....More
Overprescribing antibiotics to Americans is fueling the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States, according to a report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov.) from CBS News.
More than two million people in the United States get drug-resistant infections annually. About 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics in doctors' arsenals....More
“Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health” is a conference designed to bring together those within agriculture, human medicine and the environmental communities to resolve antimicrobial use and resistance concerns.
The symposium will be held Nov. 12-14, 2013 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO. Complete program details and registration information can be found at www.animalagriculture.org. or by calling (800) 237-7193....More
Despite the apparent conflict over antibiotic use in livestock production, the opinions of producers, veterinarians and regulatory officials are not all that far apart when their goals are compared....More
It’s been another week where antibiotic issues were prominently featured in the news. Perhaps you saw the news release from the Chipotle restaurant chain? The company says it is evaluating its policy when it comes to allowing the use of antibiotics to treat sick animals that may be in the company’s supply chain. Chipotle acknowledges that there are times when the company simply cannot obtain meat from animals that have not been raised completely antibiotic-free. When this situation occurs, Chipotle posts signs to let customers know that substitutions have been made. I’ve seen these signs in my local Chipotle....More
Still calling itself the largest restaurant seller of responsibly raised meat, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill insists it has not changed its standards for responsibly raised beef, chicken and pork. The goal is that these products continue to come from animals that are never given antibiotics or added hormones....More