• Statement by the Animal Health Institute On NARMS Retail Meat Interim Report

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    The retail meat interim report of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System , released yesterday, is good news for consumers. The report highlights the dramatic decline in the presence of Salmonella in poultry over the past 15 years, a demonstration that pathogen reduction programs implemented in the meat and poultry industry are working to reduce bacterial contamination of animal derived foods.
    The results show that pathogen reduction programs work to reduce both antibiotic resistant and antibiotic susceptible bacteria. The data show antibiotic resistant Salmonella have...
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  • AHI Statement on FDA Final Rule on Antibiotic Sales Estimates

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    Antibiotics are a critical tool to prevent, control and treat disease in animals. They make our food supply safer and people healthier. In doing so, they also reduce the chance of bacterial transmission from animals to humans. For more than 40 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry. Veterinarians work with farmers to use these products in a judicious manner that provides consumers with the safest food possible.
    AHI and its member companies are disappointed in today's ruling from the FDA requiring species-specific sales estimates...
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  • New Research Examining Link Between Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals and Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Leads to More Questions

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    New article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition highlights results from a systematic review of campylobacteriosis studies
    Washington, DC - As controversy continues concerning the use of antibiotics in food animals and the relationship to drug-resistant infections in humans, a team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service reviewed published literature for evidence of a relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals and drug-resistant foodborne Campylobacter infections in...
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  • AHI Statement on Citizens Petition on Antibiotics

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    This petition mischaracterizes the FDA policy, the way antibiotics are used currently and how they will be used after implementation by January 1, 2017. We urge FDA to reject the petition and continue to focus on the collaborative efforts to implement the new judicious use policy.
    AHI and its member companies, along with the producer, veterinary and animal feed communities, are all working to implement FDA's new policy on antibiotics by the end of this year. By January 1, 2017, FDA's policy will require that medically important antibiotics used in animal feed and water be used only to...
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  • AHI Statement on FDA Summary Report on Antibiotic Sales

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    December 22, 2016.
    Today's antibiotic sales report, as FDA states, has severe limitations in aiding the understanding of the use of antibiotics in food animals. That's why we continue to support the USDA Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan to collect useful data to provide information to help farmers and veterinarians to become even better users of antibiotics, and urge Congress to fund this initiative.
    Notably, nearly three-quarters of the antibiotics sold for use in food animals are two compounds: Ionophores, which are not used in human medicine and cannot contribute to the burden of...
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  • Animal Health Community Collectively Redefines Antibiotic Use on the Farm

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    Medically Important Antibiotics No Longer Used for Growth Promotion
    WASHINGTON - January 3, 2017 - Today, the FDA announced the full implementation of new policies redefining how antibiotics are used to treat food-producing animals. Beginning January 1, antibiotics similar to those used in human medicine that are medically important will no longer be used to promote growth in animals. All remaining uses of these antibiotics in farm animals will be for the purpose of fighting disease under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
    Antibiotics are one of the key disease-fighting tools used...
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  • New Study of Antibiotic Use on Farms and Antibiotic Resistant Salmonella Pathogens Shows the Need for More Robust Farm to Fork Research

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    New article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition highlights results from a systematic review of salmonellosis studies
    Washington, DC - A team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service recently reviewed published literature for evidence of a relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals and drug-resistant foodborne Salmonella infections in humans, commonly known as salmonellosis. According to the 2013 CDC Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, two of the eighteen pathogens that...
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  • AHI Lauds Funding of Antibiotic Data Collection

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    AHI Lauds Funding of Antibiotic Data Collection
    USDA program supported by wide variety of stakeholders
    Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017 - The Animal Health Institute today praised Congressional appropriators for including money for antibiotic data collection in the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017.
    The budget agreement contains $7 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct on-farm surveillance, data collection, sampling and testing to enhance the understanding of antibiotic use. The USDA effort has been widely supported by both agricultural and public health...
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  • AHI STATEMENT: FDA Report on Sales of Antibiotics for Use in Food Producing Animals

    5 monthes ago - By Animal Health Institute

    Washington, DC - December 7, 2017 - Antibiotic sales - whether they go up or down - are not predictors of public health impact. While today's sales report is an interesting piece of the story, we are more encouraged by the recent data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System that shows that for those pathogens that might transfer from animals to humans, resistance rates in people have been stable or declining. Over the 20-year life of the program, Salmonella resistance in humans has steadily declined. This trend of reduced resistance began long before implementation of...
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