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Association between antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli isolates from food animals
and blood stream isolates from humans in Europe: an ecological study.
The Dutch food safety authority, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, conducted a risk assessment in the Netherlands and concluded that the MRSA present in food animals
, such as pigs, is not a food safety threat.
In addition to the responsible use and veterinary oversight of antimicrobials used in food animals
The overuse of antimicrobials in food animals
is linked to antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.
A further finding from the study said Campylobacter can interact with other organisms in the gut of food animals
, making it even more invasive.
The number of samples from food animals
and retail meat was designed to reflect regional consumption of each meat product and was limited to domestic production only.
These concerns have prompted the European Union (EU) to ban the use of antimicrobial drugs for nontherapeutic purposes in food animal
production (Sorum and L'Abee-Lund 2002), and the FDA has initiated processes to stop fluoroquinolone use in poultry and to reform its procedures for evaluating new drug applications for use in food animals
The policy prohibits direct suppliers from using medically important antibiotics as growth promoters in food animals
The Egg Board's Braun defends the practice by saying, "Low levels of antibiotics are occasionally, but only rarely, used to prevent disease and ensure the health of laying hens, and are not considered to be food-safety issues for eggs" Steve Roach, food safety manager for Food Animals
Concerns Trust, says,"Though egg farmers aren't supposed to sell eggs from treated hens, there is no government examination for drug residues"
Animal health product manufacturers dodged a bullet recently when FDA decided against requiring animal drug manufacturers to gather and maintain detailed information on how antibiotics were being used in the production of food animals
It is estimated that about half of the total amount of antimicrobials produced globally is used in food animals
As humans we seem to think of food animals
as lower on the food chain and not as intelligent.
encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals
as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry.
Health advocacy groups praised the new FDA order but also are encouraging public health professionals to push for more restrictions on antibiotic use in food animals