Why We Need to Get All Chickens Off All Drugs

Chicken-pill-Alexander-Winch-2015We’re almost getting used to it by now: chicken producers and restaurant chains are flocking to get antibiotics out of their food chains. A rash of large food corporations have been announcing their plans to cut the use of human antibiotics in their chickens. Major headlines in the last year include: “McDonald’s Moving to Limit Antibiotic Use in Chickens,” “Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics,” “Tyson: Nix Human Antibiotics in Chickens by 2017.”

And it’s a good thing, too: the misuse of antibiotics is of major concern in the ever-escalating problem of antibiotic resistance. Read More >

Voicing Concerns Over Antimicrobial Use in Food Animals to the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

Also contributing to this post is Patrick Baron, CLF Doctoral Fellow and PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences.

For the first time in 13 years, the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance* (ITFAR) heard from the public on antimicrobial resistance. We presented a strong argument for why surveillance, environmental antimicrobial pollution, and veterinary oversight should be given more attention by ITFAR. We were not alone in our concerns about antimicrobials and resistance; representatives from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the coalition to Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) also provided input to 14 representatives from over 10 agencies that are members of ITFAR. Read More >