March 22nd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) has reintroduced to Congress an updated version of her Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) for review. The legislation focuses on reducing the amount of antibiotics used in factory farming in order to help preserve the efficacy of modern medicine and antibiotic effectiveness in treating human health issues.
Read More:Antibiotic Resistance Now Kills More People than AIDS
February 22nd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Growing concerns over the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock animals have fueled both a national dialogue and an even greater global discussion about the drugs’ safety and efficacy. But, despite the public anxiety, factory farms show no sign of reducing antibiotic use.
Read More:Sales of Antibiotics for Livestock Animals Rose in 2012
December 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
While consumer concern over the widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed continues to rise, the FDA has become more secretive about providing the public with information regarding the sale of antibiotics for use in livestock feed, and it’s resulted in a lawsuit filed by the Government Accountability Project.
Read More:Concealed Data on Antibiotic Use in Animals Lands FDA in Court
September 29th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Members of the group Consumers Union rallied in front of Trader Joe’s flagship Manhattan store in Union Square earlier this week, protesting the retailer’s sale of antibiotic-laced meat.
Read More:Trader Joe’s Targeted for Not Selling Antibiotic-Free Meat
September 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Donald Kennedy, former FDA commissioner and president emeritus at Stanford University, is one of 150 scientists that have asked the FDA and Congress to look at the human health issues connected with the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture, and for both agencies to work together to resolve the critical situation.
Read More:Former FDA Commissioner Urges Action on Antibiotic Resistance
September 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Among the notable reasons for supporting organic food—fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers, more sustainable management of resources, decreased risk of antibiotic resistant pathogens—there has also been a frequent discussion on the superior nutritional content of foods grown and raised organically. Pro-organic advocates have long pointed to an increased bioavailability of important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in organic foods, but sparking a controversial discussion is new research coming out of Stanford University suggesting that may not actually be the case.
Read More:Why Do You Choose Organic Food? Health ‘Benefits’ Prove Contentious
June 22nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) announced earlier this week that they’ve filed a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit against the FDA claiming that the agency failed to disclose documents that could prove a significant human health risk exists when consuming animal products that contain high levels of antibiotics, which are routinely fed to livestock animals.
Read More:What Is The FDA NOT Telling Us About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed?
June 6th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Intensity over the issue of antibiotic use in animal feed has been heating up over just how much the government should intervene. And a recent ruling by a federal court has crystallized the severity, ordering the FDA to take further action in efforts to protect public health from the repercussions of excessive antibiotic use. The overuse of antibiotics has led to a growing number of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and concerns about effective use of the drugs to treat serious human health issues.
Read More:Prove They’re Safe Or Stop Using Them: Court Orders Major FDA Action on Antibiotics in Livestock Feed
April 19th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Antibiotics banned by the U.S. government for use in poultry production were found to still be in use according to a study published in the recent issue of Environmental Science and Technology.
Read More:Study Finds Illegal Antibiotics in Most Chicken Samples
April 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After filing a lawsuit last year aimed at forcing action over excessive antibiotic use in livestock production, the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) has called the agency’s recommendations an “ineffective response” for dealing with the alarming rise in antibiotic resistance, according to a statement released by the non-profit organization.
Read More:Outrage Flies Over FDA ‘Guidelines’ to Control Antibiotic Resistance