A molecular epidemiologist at Washington State University is working on a research project geared toward understanding how much of the presence and distribution of antibiotic resistance is ecological in nature, not just driven by the use of antibiotics....More
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has launched USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. This tool, available at www.fooddialogues.com, is a one-stop, online destination for information on topics including antibiotic use in farm animals and biotechnology....More
Pfizer Animal Health is seeking research proposals to support the continued study of the clinical efficacy of DRAXXIN (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution, a macrolide for the treatment of swine respiratory disease (SRD), the leading cause of swine mortality in the United States. ...More
Consumer attitudes toward modern food production technologies can be significantly improved by providing information from credible sources that helps consumers understand the broader social benefits of today’s systems, according to new research from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI). A new approach tested in CFI’s 2012 Consumer Trust in the Food System study resulted in significant increases in support for certain modern farming technologies....More
An editorial was recently published by Food Safety News entitled “Letter from the Editor: Antibiotic Resistance.” For the most part, I agree with this article. However, there are a few points that I think need clarification....More
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found identical strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter Coli(C. coli) in both antibiotic-free (ABF) and conventionally raised pigs, according to a report published Monday in http://esciencenews.com.
This finding may indicate that these antibiotic-resistant pathogens can persist and thrive in the environment, regardless of antimicrobial usage by pork producers. ...More
Dan Flynn, Food Safety News, observes, “If collecting more data about agricultural uses of antibiotics is the ‘beginning,’ then we are in trouble. Am I wrong to look at antibiotic resistance as a big circle with animal issues maybe involving a 25% slice with lots of other unknowns out there?”...More
Lonnie King will be the opening keynote speaker at the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 13-15. Developed by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, the symposium will present information on antibiotic use and resistance and serve as a platform where experts in the field of antimicrobials – public, animal and environmental health – can share information and engage in meaningful dialogue with key thought leaders on this topic....More
Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, concerned about the use of antibiotics in animal production, have found that antimicrobial growth promoters administered to swine can alter the kind of bacteria present in the animal’s intestinal track, resulting in an accelerated rate of growth and development in the animals.
Antibiotics are routinely administered to swine to treat illness and to promote larger, leaner animals....More
Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is concerned with proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on unproven theory....More
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) says, “There is an urgent need to change the practices of American food producers to ensure that antibiotics are used responsibly in the production of food animals.”...More
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement of new methods with increased efficiencies for testing residues in meat products means that pork producers should review their operational and management decisions regarding drug usage, says Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine veterinarian James McKean.
“Pork has had minimal violative antimicrobial residues for many years,” McKean says. “Knowing about this new testing procedure and program will help producers maintain that level of results.”...More
“A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance” describes the second forum on the antibiotic issue sponsored by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). It is set for Nov. 13-15, 2012 at the Hilton Polaris Hotel in Columbus, OH....More
The Animal Agriculture Alliance joined 15 other agricultural organizations Thursday in submitting a letter to Congress in response to the recent Consumers Union report on the use of antibiotics in animal production. Read the full letter here....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has recommended that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revise its Draft Compliance Guide for Residue Prevention.
“Prevention of violative residues is a high priority for the pork industry and we look forward to working with FSIS to prevent such violations from occurring in pork products,” says R.C. Hunt, NPPC president from Wilson, NC, in a letter to the agency....More
Natural compounds may offer an alternative to certain antibiotics in the future for treating young animals that are susceptible to bacterial infections, according to research conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists....More
The Consumer’s Union “Meat on Drugs” recent consumer poll showed that a majority of Americans want meat raised without antibiotics. That claim brings to light an important issue, according to Terry Fleck, executive director, The Center for Food Integrity....More
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed a new procedure to create antimicrobials that can be used as alternatives to antibiotics to kill pathogens.
Molecular biologist David Donovan at the ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD, developed the patented technology for the new form of antimicrobials that target disease-causing pathogens. Donovan works in the center’s Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory....More
The chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says producers should start preparing for the loss of production uses of antibiotics in swine production.
“We are expecting in the next 3-5 years that the pork industry will lose growth promotion labels for most of the antibiotics used in swine medicine,” declares Liz Wagstrom, DVM. “We firmly believe those labels will be gone so get ready.”...More
A coalition of agricultural organizations sent a letter Wednesday to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who is seeking to restrict severely antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production. The coalition pointed out the stringent federal approval process and regulation of antibiotics, the lack of human health risks from their judicious use in livestock production and the benefits they offer in food animal production....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) fired back last week at a media event sponsored by the PEW Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming in Washington, DC.
The event attempted to show that there is abuse of antibiotics in livestock and it is causing more antibiotic resistance....More
Animal health groups Wednesday supported the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) voluntary approach to reducing the growth-promotion uses of antibiotics in farm animals, but expressed reservations the policy may lead to sicker animals and higher meat prices, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota....More