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
The United States is not the only country wrestling with issues, such as use of both antibiotics in livestock production, and gestation stalls. This week Scott Hurd, DVM, associate professor and director of the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Laboratory at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, makes some valid points about the “rest of the story” after Denmark banned preventive and growth-promoting antibiotics for pigs in 2000. “In over 20 years of food safety research, I have seen quite a few antibiotic-free (ABF) animals, including the famous pigs in Denmark,” he writes in his “Hurd Health” blog. “While working in the processing plant, I could often tell when ABF pigs were coming down the line. The animals from the ABF farms usually appeared somewhat unthrifty. Often there was less uniformity in carcass size and more ‘issues.’”...More
Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach are teaming up to offer a series of free meetings across the state to address porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, increased monitoring for antibiotic residues and market outlook.
Rodney “Butch” Baker, DVM, interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, will cover PED virus including:...More
The August issue of National Hog Farmer is devoted to the topic of analyzing antibiotic use. As we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our stories this week, the topic of antibiotics in agriculture has been swirling in social media circles once again. Perhaps you have been following the Twitter and Facebook conversations involving a recent Panera Bread advertising campaign professing (via a chicken character shaped like a medication capsule and a graphic depicting a barn made out of pills) that farmers who use antibiotics are lazy. The take-home message is that antibiotic-free chicken is the way to go—along with a false implication that antibiotics are commonly found in meat. In a testament to the importance of agricultural advocacy, Carrie Chestnut Mess, a dairy producer who blogs as Dairy Carrie, created a blog post entitled, “Dear Panera Bread Company.” Minnesota pork industry blogger and agricultural advocate Wanda Patsche followed suit in her own blog. The posts started a social media backlash against the misleading advertising campaign and ultimately, got the attention of Panera management....More
Four senators — three Democrats and a Republican — have introduced legislation that would restrict the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, according to a report from The Hill.
The bill is a companion measure to legislation introduced earlier in the House by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). It would ban farmers from using seven classes of antibiotics critical for human health to treat sick animals....More
Livestock producers today face pressures that are not the normal economic and resource challenges faced by all businesses. Farmers and their veterinarians often wonder: “How did I become the villain when I am just trying to feed people as efficiently as possible?” or “Why is the use of medicine (e.g., antimicrobials) to prevent and relieve animal suffering considered by some to be an antisocial behavior?”...More
Lysozyme is a natural antibiotic that could provide an alternative piglet treatment in diets to improve growth and feed efficiency, according to a report in today’s American Society of Animal Science “Taking Stock” e-newsletter written by Sandra Avant of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today praised Congress for approving legislation to reauthorize animal-drug review laws that will give pork producers access to products that safeguard animal and public health.
Last night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to reauthorize for five years the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA). The House took up the measure (S. 622) approved by unanimous consent in the Senate May 8....More
Iowa State University veterinarian Scott Hurd clarifies in the blog below that placing the blame on USDA for antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella is ill-placed and mischaracterizes the problem of antibiotic resistance....More
Proposed legislation by three senators calling for more data on use of antibiotics in food-producing animals will not prove informative, and would actually be a waste of resources, says Iowa State University veterinary blogger Scott Hurd....More
Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issued a report of its interpretation of the 2011 Retail Meat Annual Report of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). FDA officials said: “While FDA is always concerned when we see antimicrobial resistance, we believe the EWG report oversimplifies the NARMS data and provides misleading conclusions....More