This week Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports magazine, issued a press release questioning the safety of pork and countering pork industry claims that a recent Consumer Reports article was off-base....More
Never underestimate the power of a freaked-out consumer to impact your bottom line. Under the right circumstances, your export market to a particular country could be gone overnight, for example. Today Reuters reports that Russia is threatening to stop all imports of beef and pork from the United States unless the meat can be tested and certified as being free of ractopamine. It is terrifying to realize that one crazy misrepresentation of your product can have drastic implications for an industry. And so the fallout continues from the recent Consumer Reports magazine article, entitled, “What’s in the pork?” seeking to create a stir about ractopamine use....More
Hans Stein, professor of Animal Sciences, has released a new brochure titled “Strategies for Managing Weanling Pigs Fed no Antibiotic Growth Promoters.” The brochure is the third in Stein’s “Swine Focus” series....More
Consumers Union, an advocacy group, this week published an article – in its magazine Consumer Reports – designed to scare consumers into purchasing only organic pork by using junk science against pork from conventionally raised hogs....More
The Consumer Reports magazine story published Tuesday morning does a great disservice to American consumers who deserve better in the national conversation about safe food, says Chris Novak, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board, which works on behalf of U.S. pork farmers....More
The January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine features an article claiming antibiotic-resistant bacteria and traces of ractopamine were found during an analysis of pork chop and ground-pork samples from around the United States. The article is entitled, “What’s in that pork?”...More
The message emerging from the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, OH, was clear: Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are the responsibility of all communities—human health, animal health and environmental health—and solutions will require collaboration of these health communities....More
In the late 1990s, European animal health officials identified a condition in swine that caused a chronic wasting syndrome in nursery pigs. However, not until the mid-2000s did a syndrome become recognized in the United States that included high mortality and morbidity in late nursery to finishing swine....More
A motion from the European Parliament’s health committee has called on the European Commission to introduce tough new controls, restricting the availability of new third- and fourth-generation antibiotics to the livestock sector....More
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