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FDA’s survey of milk finds few drug residues

The FDA today announced results from its milk sampling survey, involving the testing of nearly 2,000 dairy farms for drug residues in milk. More than 99 percent of the samples are free of drug residues of concern-- underscoring the safety of the US milk supply. Look for more analysis at later in the day.


McDonald’s to curtail antibiotic use

McDonald’s this week announced a plan to source poultry raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. At the same time, the company also introduced its Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals, which implies McDonald’s will, over time, extend similar policies to its beef, dairy and pork supply chains.


Emergency preparedness one bite at a time

Early recognition and rapid response to a foreign animal disease (FAD) are critical to mitigating the toll it takes, according to Dr. Justin Smith, deputy animal health commissioner for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. That is why he and other animal health and emergency preparedness personnel, including Sandy Johnson, the department’s emergency management coordinator, are dedicating time to travel the state of Kansas to meet with stakeholders about the state’s FAD response plan. “Knowing what to do and practicing is so important,” Johnson says about the state’s plan.


AVMA launches economic-report series

During 2015, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) plans to release a series of reports detailing economic trends in veterinary medicine in the United States. The first of those reports, which focuses on veterinary markets, now is available.


Multi-stakeholder U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef launched

A group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations today announced the launch of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB).

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Prion studies shed light on neurological illness

When Candace Mathiason was growing up on an Angus ranch near Torrington, Wyo., she developed a love for animals, and even tried to help with brucellosis testing at a local veterinarian’s office where her mom worked.


Jaguar Animal Health signs agreement with veterinary biotechnology company

Jaguar Animal Health, Inc. (“Jaguar”), an animal health company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class gastrointestinal products for companion and production animals, announced today that it has entered into a supply and distribution agreement with Biogenesis Bagó, the largest veterinary biotechnology company in Latin America—a region that contains 370 million dairy and beef cattle and produces 11 percent of the world’s milk supply.

“Best Company – Latin & South America”


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