Meat and Antibiotics: Getting Our Animals Off Drugs

Over at the Ecocentric blog, I wrote about a new policy direction from the Food and Drug Administration on the use of antibiotics in meat production. Antibiotics—often used for growth promotion and given in the feed of animals—are a major part of America’s meat production. The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), the …

An FDA proposal for improved transparency

In a 67-page proposal for a way forward toward more transparency, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration task force suggested broad changes that would increase public access to information about the oversight and regulatory process for everything form pharmaceuticals and food products to medical devices and tanning beds.

E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce recalled

An E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 19 people in Michigan, Ohio and New York, resulting in 12 hospitalizations and three cases involving potentially life-threatening complications. The outbreak may be connected to contaminated romaine lettuce products sold to wholesalers and food-service outlets, and for use in in-store salad bars …

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