Young broilers nibble feed at a chicken farm in Luling, Texas. The Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance on how drug companies label antibiotics for livestock.
December 11, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency." The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.
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Turkeys sit in a barn in Sonoma, Calif. An estimated 46 million turkeys are cooked and eaten during Thanksgiving meals in the U.S.
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November 27, 2013 As Americans prepare to baste and roast plump, juicy holiday birds, we couldn't help but wonder which antibiotics the average Thanksgiving turkey might have been given. The government doesn't collect data on antibiotic use in turkeys. And producers don't volunteer any.
In recent years, pork producers have found ways to keep the animals healthy through improved hygiene.
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November 4, 2013 There's a curious twist in the contentious debate over feeding antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. Evidence suggests using antibiotics for growth promotion, at least among pigs, doesn't even make economic sense. But some pork producers don't believe it.
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Cattle crowd inside a feedlot operated by JBS Five Rivers Colorado Beef in Wiley, Colo.
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November 1, 2013 When it comes to antibiotics on the farm, it's not always a win-win. And when there's a fight, veterinarians are right in the middle of it, pushed back and forth by conflicting loyalties.
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Piglets in a pen on a hog farm in Frankenstein, Mo.
August 29, 2013 No one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics. Many public health experts say the government should collect and publish detailed information because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly urgent problem. But many farm groups are opposed.
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Beef cattle stand in a barn on the Larson Farms feedlot in Maple Park, Ill.
August 21, 2013 Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.
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A Chipotle Mexican Grill in Mountain View, Calif., in 2007.
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August 13, 2013 Chipotle isn't changing its ban on meat raised with antibiotics after all, despite headlines to the contrary, a spokesman for the Mexican-fast-food chain tells NPR. According to an official statement from Chipotle, the chain's antibiotic ban still stands. For now.
Craig Rowles tends to his pigs in a barn near Carroll, Iowa.
July 11, 2013 Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.
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A truckload of live turkeys arrives at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., in 2011. Most turkeys in the U.S. are regularly given low doses of antibiotics.
May 1, 2013 Turkey producers contend that they use antibiotics judiciously to help keep their flocks healthy.
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April 17, 2013 A new analysis of government data finds that antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause human illness were widespread in supermarket meat samples tested. The implications are significant: that the bacteria had become resistant to antibiotics back at the farm because farmers were overusing them.
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