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Beef & Antibiotics: Facts, Figures and Fundamentals
This issue: Preventing Illegal Antibiotic Residues in Beef Products
By Brian Lubbers, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
The prevention of illegal antibiotic residues is a continuous, coordinated effort between government agencies, veterinarians, and livestock producers that begins before the antibiotics is ever used in animals. READ MORE
Retailers to Weigh in on Antibiotics in Next NIAA Symposium
The utilization of antibiotics in animal agriculture is coming under heavy fire today. Retailers are feeling the pressure from consumers to reduce the amount of meat on their shelves from animals that have been treated with antibiotics.
“Costco has been involved in this conversation for a long time,” said Craig Wilson, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at Costco. “Consumers are very concerned with antibiotics even though they might not fully understand them.”
Wilson will be representing Costco at NIAA’s Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management. With no preconceived expectations, Wilson says he hopes to learn from other speakers and participants about recommended antibiotic best practices and measurements.
Wilson and Costco support the proper use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. “We don’t want sick animals out there,” Wilson said. “We want to treat them when they are sick. [Even so], antibiotics should be reduced to get away from situations that have arisen with antibiotic resistant bacteria”
Another key issue in which Wilson hopes to gain more insight from the symposium is how to educate the public on the withdrawal times of antibiotics. That is, allowing sufficient time for antibiotics to be metabolized by the animal’s body, leading to no antibiotic residue in the meat. This needs to be addressed to help the consumer understand what is and is not in their food.
Consumers are requesting clarity on withdrawal periods, Wilson shared. “Consumers don’t fully understand that it is against the law to have antibiotics in meat. Suppliers are all on the same page that what we need is a simple definition of withdrawal which communicates easily to the public.
NIAA Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management takes place November 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga. and is open to all individuals who want to learn from each other, engage in meaningful discussion and create successful strategies to safeguard antibiotic efficacy.
NIAA Council Chair Fourdraine Named Cooperative Resources International's VP of Research and Development
SHAWANO, Wisconsin — Cooperative Resources International (CRI) Senior Vice President of Business Development Pete Giacomini announced he has named Robert Fourdraine the cooperative’s Vice President of Research and Development. In this role, Fourdraine will be responsible for all aspects of CRI research and biotechnological services. This encompasses internal research activities at the International Center for Biotechnology and other CRI locations along with external research grant funding supported by CRI.
“Robert’s 20-year career and past record of accomplishments in the livestock industry make him well qualified for improving the focus and effectiveness of CRI’s overall research programming,” states Giacomini. “Under Robert’s leadership, CRI will expand the impact of the International Center for Biotechnology across all CRI subsidiaries – AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and MOFA Global. This will help set the course for CRI’s strategic positioning.”
Most recently, Fourdraine served as Vice President of DHI Operations for AgSource. During that time he led the development of several innovative information and management tools for its members and customers. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium.
NIAA Leaders named among other veterinarians to Ag Secretary's Animal Health Advisory Committee
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.
Among those who have been appointed to serve on the committee through June 2017 are a few NIAA leaders. Dr. Mark J. Engle, technical services manager, swine business unit, for Merck Animal Health and Dr. Annette Jones, state veterinarian and director of animal health and food safety services from California. Jones is Past Chairman of the Board and Engle currently serves on the Board of Directors.
The committee will provide outside perspectives on U.S. Department of Agriculture strategies, policies and programs to prevent, control and/or eradicate animal health diseases, according to a USDA news release. The committee also will lead broader dialogue on public health concerns and the stability of the livestock economies, the release said.
The committee’s next meeting will take place in the coming months.
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