Two former FDA commissioners urged The White House today: “We have more than enough scientific evidence to justify curbing the rampant use…Read More

Former FDA Commishs To White House: Limit Antibiotics In Livestock

Pharmalive
A pair of former FDA commissioners has written a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget to urge the Obama administration to end the use of antibiotics in food-producing livestock for preventing disease and fattening the animals. The missive, which was sent today by David Kessler and Donald Kennedy, is the latest attempt to…Read More
Kristin Costill
Kristin Costill Campaign leader

More on the issue of antibiotic resistance from Nizet, physician and professor of pediatrics and pharmacy at the UC San Diego School of…Read More

Antibiotic resistance a ‘historic’ challenge

U-T San Diego
More than 2 million Americans each year become infected with a microbe resistant to one or more of the first-line antibiotics designed to treat that infection. These antibiotic-resistant infections are both costly and deadly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. They are associated with hospital stays and worse outcomes, including…Read More
Kristin Costill
Kristin Costill Campaign leader

Pork producers have proven antibiotics are not necessary to keep pigs healthy, so why are pig farmers still using them?

Why Are Pig Farmers Still Using Growth-Promoting Drugs?

NPR.org
In recent years, pork producers have found ways to keep the animals healthy through improved hygiene. M. Spencer Green/AP In recent years, pork producers have found ways to keep the animals healthy through improved hygiene. M. Spencer Green/AP It's one of the most controversial practices in agriculture: feeding small amounts of antibiotics…Read More

Walmart should join Chipotle and Hyatt and lead on this important public health issue

Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming, Thanks To Chipotle

NPR.org
The antibiotic-free pigs roam freely on Niman Ranch in Iowa. Sarah Willis/courtesy Niman Ranch The antibiotic-free pigs roam freely on Niman Ranch in Iowa. Sarah Willis/courtesy Niman Ranch It's no longer just foodies at farm markets or Whole Foods buying antibiotic-free, pasture-raised meats. Increased demand is coming from lots of big…Read More

"The longer you use an antibiotic, the greater the number of resistant bacteria that develop. Animals receiving low doses on a consistent…Read More

Dead meat: how to raise livestock in a post-antibiotic era

The Verge
We've been warned for years that our reckless use of antibiotics threatens to render the drugs useless — ushering in a public health crisis that could see once-benign germs become deadly. But overzealous prescriptions for human patients are only one part of the problem: experts increasingly agree that antibiotics in animal agriculture contribute…Read More
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