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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 6.14.2011

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Groups Sue FDA to Stop Antibiotic Use in Animal Feed

Advocates hope to stop the large-scale use of penicillin and tetracyclines

On May 25, several environmental and health advocacy groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to stop the large-scale use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed, claiming that this practice causes the development of drug-resistant bacteria that are dangerous to humans.

Lessons from the German E. Coli Outbreak

Episode highlights need to identify virulence gene, scientist says

Germany’s recent enormous E. coli outbreak points to the need to better identify and understand the virulence genes involved with this pathogen, said Pina Fratamico, PhD, a lead researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety who has worked to draw attention to lesser-known types of E. coli.

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