From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 6.14.2011
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.
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.