This week I have been sicker than a dog with a strep infection and some type of bronchitis-type junk. I’m taking antibiotics. I’m drinking orange juice. Obviously, I’m thankful for the availability of antibiotics, and (in between coughing fits), I’m following the ongoing debate about antibiotic use in livestock production, which is a hot topic in the news yet again....More
Attendees at the recent Office of International Epizootics (OIE) Global Conference on the Responsible and Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents for Animals, held in Paris, reached consensus on the need to stimulate cooperation and international solidarity when it comes to the use of antimicrobials....More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a series of five meetings to provide the public with opportunities to discuss and provide critical feedback on the challenges faced by livestock producers and veterinarians as FDA phases in veterinary oversight of the therapeutic use of certain medically important antimicrobials.
FDA is seeking input as it moves forward to further develop and implement its strategy to promote the judicious use in food-producing animals of antibiotics that are important in treating humans....More
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), introduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, or PAMTA, yesterday for the fourth time since 2007. The bill would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production....More
The use of dried whey and spray-dried plasma has been widely adopted in the swine industry. These products contain immunoglobulins (antibodies) and other physiologically active components.
Eggs, rich in high-quality protein and fat, also contain immunoglobulins and other active components that may be useful in nursery diets....More
Legislation introduced this week by two Democratic members of Congress aims to provide more information on the amount and use of antimicrobial drugs given to food-producing animals.
But the legislation, introduced by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Louise Slaughter (d-NY), fails to improve the process of judicious use of antibiotics – espoused by both pharmaceutical companies and the veterinary community....More
The risk to humans from multi-drug resistant salmonella is the same as from non-multi resistant strains and has little to do with the use of antimicrobials on the farm, according to Scott Hurd, DVM, from Iowa State University.
Speaking at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA, Hurd also said that the risk of antibiotic resistance being passed down from the farm to humans was negligible and was no reason to stop the use of antimicrobials in the farm....More
Antimicrobial use and resistance and a start toward seeking resolution on these polarizing and often misunderstood issues are topics addressed in a white paper developed by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture....More
If you are in the pork production profession, get ready for restrictions on the way you handle antibiotics, no matter what form they are delivered to your pigs, says James McKean, Iowa State University swine veterinarian and associate director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center....More
When it comes to the use of antibiotics in pork production, some things boil down to simple logic. We all know that appropriate antibiotic use can keep both animals and humans healthy. We also know that only antibiotics approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are used to treat hogs, and that veterinarians oversee which antibiotics are used to treat, prevent and control swine diseases. Healthy pigs grow better and eat less feed. And healthy pigs are directly related to a safer food supply. Of course, veterinarians work closely with farmers to make decisions on which pigs may need antibiotics to treat or prevent disease. Remember, those antibiotics do come at a cost, which means pork producers focus on preventing the need and expense of using antibiotics unnecessarily in their herds. In spite of this simple logic, we still have wild statements about the amount and intent of antibiotic use in pork production flying around in the news. Sadly, it’s all in the wording. Recent news stories and statements seem particularly designed to incite fear among consumers....More
Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released some valuable reports about antimicrobial sales in livestock, according to a blog posted by Scott Hurd, DVM, Iowa State University.
The links from FDA noted below explain from where the data are derived and offer some good thoughts about interpretation. I will highlight a few points....More
Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reacted to a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that reveals an increased threat of antibiotic-resistant disease. The newly-released 10th National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Retail Meat Report for 2011 discovered alarming increases in antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on retail meats such as ground turkey and chicken – the same type of meat that is found in the refrigerators of American families....More
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine released its third annual report summarizing 2011 sales and distribution data of antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals....More
The oft-cited statistic that 80% of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animals is highly misleading, says Richard Raymond, MD, former undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in an excerpt published by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota....More
In an issue as important as antimicrobial resistance, there has been pressure by members of Congress to reach a legislative solution for antimicrobial resistance, according to Phil Durst, senior Extension educator at Michigan State University. Several different bills have been introduced including the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA). This act would restrict “medically important” drugs from being used for “non-therapeutic” use in food animals....More
Antibiotic use in animal agriculture and headlines about antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are a common theme in popular media, among activist groups, some legislators, regulatory agencies and perhaps the general public....More
How would you rank the pork industry challenges in the order of importance? Would your list include sow gestation housing, antibiotic use in livestock, the Renewable Fuels Standard/ethanol production, 2013 Corn Crop, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)?...More
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