Minimize residues, focus on drug management

With the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement of new and more efficient residue testing methods in meat products, James McKean, DVM, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, urges pork producers to review their operational and management decisions regarding drug usage. FULL STORY »

Researcher optimistic on battle against PRRS Play video

While porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is still costing the U.S. pork industry about $1.8 million per day, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future, says Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University. He cites regional PRRS virus elimination programs and herd closure and rollover methodology as positive steps in eliminating the virus. FULL STORY »

FAO and OIE outline global FMD-free strategy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have announced an initiative to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale. The two groups outlined a detailed strategy to bring it under control and work toward a global FMD-free objective. FULL STORY »

Future of swine production leads IPVS meeting

The 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Jeju, South Korea, revealed the latest program of activities aimed at transforming livestock production. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic changes, an important topic at WPX

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) goal is for food-animal producers to “use less antibiotics,” says Liz Wagstrom, the National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) chief veterinarian. As a result, FDA released its Guidance 209 in late April. The antibiotic issue was one of many discussed last week at World Pork Expo (WPX) in Des Moines, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Curriculum and priority changes needed in veterinary medicine

More attention is needed to recruit and prepare the next generation of veterinarians for teaching and research, as well as for jobs in diagnostic laboratories, regulatory agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and more. That’s according to a new National Research Council (NRC) report. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Whack a mole is not the answer

Raising, processing, distributing and preparing food involves a complex series of systems. Actions in one sector can have unintended consequences in another. FULL STORY »

NFU encourages judicious use of antibiotics

National Farmers Union Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule discussed antibiotic use in animal agriculture today in a presentation at a national stakeholder meeting hosted by the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics in Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

FSIS to increase residue testing

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two steps designed to prevent meat products that contain illegal residues from reaching consumers. FULL STORY »

FDA Plan for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program

Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final Strategic Plan for the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) for 2012-2016. The plan addresses the responsibilities of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Center for Veterinary Medicine while including activities supported by the Office of Regulatory Affairs. FULL STORY »

More insight into FDA’s antibiotic guidance

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidance on antibiotic use in food-animal production, some confusion and many questions have surfaced. The new guidance calls for voluntary suspension of antimicrobial use for growth promotion purposes and more veterinary oversight in the form of Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD). Representatives from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the Animal Health Institute (AHI) provided perspective this week. FULL STORY »

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