Why FDA Action Won't Stem Antibiotic Resistance

Why FDA Action Won’t Stem Antibiotic Resistance

Many believe that the new FDA guidelines will likely fail to change how antibiotics are used in food animals and will not stem the public health crisis of increasing antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic Resistance Threat and CAFOs

Antibiotic Resistance Threat and CAFOs

Even if horrific images and stories about CAFOs do not tug at your heart-strings, and you close your eyes at the externalized costs of CAFOs and believe that veganism is something reserved for denizens of Los Angeles, New York and Portland, it is no longer possible to ignore how what happens out of sight in CAFOs impacts human health.

Food Labeling Unleashed

Food Labeling Unleashed

Cholesterol decreasing juice, anti-cancer green tea, and cherries as James-Bond agents to neutralize cancer — believable or not? FDA’s confusing food labeling rules are criticized for allowing many companies to make misleading claims on food labels.

Animals, Antibiotics and Superbugs

Animals, Antibiotics and Superbugs

One of the causes of antibiotic resistance in humans is the overuse of antibiotics on industrial animal farms. Despite the urgent public health crisis, neither the FDA nor lawmakers have stemmed the overuse of such important medicines for purposes of growth and disease prevention, not treatment.

FDA Privately Doubts Own Voluntary Veterinary Drug Guidelines

Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility sued for the release of FDA’s records that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the agency’s voluntary approach of phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics on animal farms. Guess what they revealed.

New Legislation to Monitor Antibiotics Use in Livestock

New Legislation to Monitor Antibiotics Use in Livestock

Last week House Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee, announced plans to introduce a new animal antibiotic use legislation.

FDA Tells Industry HFCS ≠ Sugar

FDA Tells Industry HFCS ≠ Sugar

Sorry, recently said the FDA to the Corn Refiners Association but “high fructose corn syrup” is just not “corn sugar.” The industry group persists, however, citing of all things the main argument for GMO labeling.

Monsanto’s Vistive Gold Soybean Oil Concerns Persist

Monsanto's Vistive Gold Soybean Oil Concerns Persist

Monsanto’s genetically modified soybeans to be used for cooking oil containing lower levels of saturated fats and higher levels monounsaturated fats were approved last year by U.S. regulators. Yet, while Monsanto prepares for product launch, important safety questions remain unanswered.

FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance To Stem Factory Farm Antibiotics

FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance To Stem Factory Farm Antibiotics

The FDA took long-overdue steps towards curbing the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals aimed to preserve effectiveness of antibiotics. Unfortunately, the measures remain voluntary and industry compliance remains to be seen.

FDA Must Act on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

FDA Must Act on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

Nearly 35 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration initiated proceedings to withdraw the approval of the subtherapeutic use of certain antibiotics in agricultural animals but it took a Court Order to force the agency to follow through.

Wagging the Dog: FDA Restricts Certain Antibiotics In Animals

Wagging the Dog: FDA Restricts Certain Antibiotics In Animals

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order to restrict unapproved use of cephalosporin class of antibiotics in farm animals. Many, however, are critical of the agency’s decision to regulate a practice that is already in decline.

Investigators Scold FDA’s Food Inspection Program

Investigators Scold FDA's Food Inspection Program

Internal investigators found significant weaknesses in FDA’s monitoring of State agencies’ food inspections. The finding raises further questions about FDA’s effectiveness in ensuring the safety of the nation’s food supply.

Genetically Engineered Salmon Could Be Labeled In California

Genetically Engineered Salmon Could Be Labeled In California

If approved by the FDA, a new bill introduced in California, known as The Consumers Right To Know Act, would require labeling on all genetically engineered salmon sold in California.

Slaughter Will Reintroduce Legislation To Preserve Antibiotics

Slaughter Will Reintroduce Legislation To Preserve Antibiotics

PAMTA – the legislation that addresses overuse of antibiotics in the agricultural system, which leads to antibiotic resistance in the human population, is once again introduced by Congresswoman Slaughter.

Animals On Drugs Continued

Animals On Drugs Continued

New FDA data shows that almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in 2009 were reserved for animal farming. Part two of our series on antibiotic overuse in healthy farm animals examines the response from the FDA and the proposed legislation.

National Meat Residue Inspection Program Fails An Audit

National Meat Residue Inspection Program Fails An Audit

The Office of Inspector General gave the nation’s residue inspection program, which monitors to ensure that the nation’s meat supply is free from chemical contamination, a failing score. Eat meat at your own risk.

Would You Eat Genetically Altered Salmon?

Would You Eat Genetically Altered Salmon?

The Food and Drug Administration has preliminarily determined that a genetically modified salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies is safe for human consumption but many questions about the safety of GE salmon persist.

Critique of Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods and Crops in the United States

The United States government consistently promotes its regulatory framework for genetically engineered organisms as comprehensive and strict. Is this a public relations maneuver, wishful thinking or the story of the emperor without clothes?

The Food and Drug Administration's Policy on Genetically Modified Foods

The FDA’s regulatory approach thus focuses on the end product, rather than the process used to create genetically modified foods. In short, the FDA regards GM products as “generally regarded as safe,” (“GRAS”) and does not subject GM food products to food additive review.

Introduction To The Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods by the FDA

Introduction To The Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods by the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is the lead regulatory agency of food articles. It is in charge of ensuring the safety and effectiveness of food (other than meat), food additives, medical devices, drugs, veterinary drugs, cosmetics and genetically engineered food.

Obama's Administration: Food Safety Appointments From Industry Ranks

Recently the Obama administration appointed Michael Taylor to serve as the senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA for food safety. It is also rumored that Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Secretary, Dennis Wolff, would be selected for the position of the Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. Consumer group advocates are ringing the alarm bells as both of these men are seen as being deeply rooted in the industry and there are serious concerns as to whether they will represent consumer’s interests in their positions (or, at a minimum, be objective and cautious).

Introduction to the U.S. Regulatory Regime for GMOs

Presently, it is questionable whether the genetically engineered foods are adequately controlled and/or regulated under U.S. law. There is no single federal statute or federal agency that governs the subject matter. Three federal agencies are primarily responsible for the regulation of genetically engineered foods – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).