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Pork Essentially Free of Veterinary Drug Residues

In a basic survey of more than a thousand pork kidney samples, almost no veterinary drug residues were found and none at levels that even approached U. S. regulatory limits, according to a study just published by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A.

These findings signal that U.S. pork producers are using veterinary compounds properly, and indicate that veterinary drug residues in pork are not posing a health concern to U.S. consumers, according to ARS research chemist Weilin Shelver. Shelver is with the ARS Animal Metabolism-Agricultural Chemicals Research Unit in Fargo, North Dakota.

A total of 1040 pork kidneys were purchased from four grocery stores in the Midwest and tested for residues of 5 commonly used veterinary drugs and feed additives ...

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Mar 22 8:58 AM, General News



FDA’s 2017 Report on Declining Sales/Distribution of Antimicrobial Drugs for Food Animals

The following statement was provided by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

Every year, at least two million Americans are sickened by serious infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens, such as MRSA. And, at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (bacteria, virus, fungi, parasite) to resist the effects of a drug. It’s a serious, complex and costly public health problem.

Optimizing how medically important antimicrobial drugs are used and limiting their use to only when necessary to treat, control or prevent disease will help to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs for fighting disease in both humans and animals. While it’s impossible to completely outrace antimicrobial resistance, we can take important steps now to slow its pace and reduce its impact on both human and animal health ...

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Dec 19 11:43 AM, General News


NTF Applauds Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) released the following statement on passage of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate:

“The 2018 Farm Bill represents an unprecedented investment in animal health. The health of the turkey industry depends upon the health of our flocks. The National Turkey Federation applauds passage of the Farm Bill and the inclusion of key provisions to help make certain animal health is a priority and that there is a coordinated effort in place to address any threats. The creation of the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program, along with mandatory funding, will provide the tools and resources animal agriculture needs to help prevent, identify and respond to disease outbreaks.

“The National Turkey Federation has been working alongside members of the animal agriculture industry for several years to see these tools to strengthen animal health become a reality. The threat of...

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Dec 13 9:22 AM, General News


Congress Passes 2018 Farm Bill; Trump To Sign It

The National Pork Producers Council praised Senate and House lawmakers for today approving the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes important mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness efforts. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law in the coming days.

“Obviously, the Farm Bill is extremely important to American agriculture,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “The 2018 bill is particularly good for livestock agriculture because it includes funds that will help protect our animals, our food supply and our economy from foreign animal diseases.”

The five-year agricultural blueprint includes $120 million for the first four years for animal health and disease preparedness, requiring at least $5 million a year for the National Animal Disease Preparedness Program. Money can be allocated for...

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Dec 13 9:20 AM, General News


The Wendy's Company Announces Major Advancement in Beef Sourcing

Today, The Wendy's Company announced an industry-leading step that will allow the company to better understand and communicate how cattle for Wendy's fresh beef* hamburgers are raised, facilitating advancements in areas such as animal care, antibiotics and sustainability. This comes on the heels of an earlier 2018 announcement on transitioning Wendy's tomato supply to vine-ripened tomatoes exclusively from greenhouse farms, which was driven by the same Company commitment to providing the freshest, highest-quality food possible for its customers.

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"Quality is Our Recipe" isn't just a Company tagline. Wendy's takes extraordinary pride in serving and sourcing high-quality food to...

 

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Dec 12 9:04 AM, General News


McDonald’s Announces New Antibiotic Policy for Beef

As one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, McDonald’s has the opportunity to use our scale to tackle some of the most complicated challenges facing people, animals and our planet - and help drive industry-wide progress.

Today, McDonald’s is announcing a policy to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), which applies across 85% of our global beef supply chain.

According to the WHO, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. With our new policy, McDonald’s is doing our part to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for human and animal health in the future.

"Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to mankind today. We commend McDonald's effort to develop a global policy guiding how antibiotics are used within its beef supply chain. The company has set an ambitious timeline for ...

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Dec 12 8:04 AM, General News


Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Change in Antibiotic Use Program

Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) announced that it will discontinue by March 1, 2019, using antibiotics considered medically important for humans for disease prevention in its live poultry operations.

The change follows the completion of an independent study the Company commissioned earlier this year on its antibiotics program for its live operations. As part of its ongoing animal welfare and antibiotic stewardship efforts, the Company commissioned an advisory board of scientific experts in poultry production, livestock management, and antibiotic use in veterinary and human medicine to study and report on the Company’s use of antibiotics in its live poultry production operations...

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Dec 3 10:05 AM, General News




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