According to a new inter-agency report, foodborne pathogens in the United States cause about 9 million people to get sick, with 55,000 hospitalized, and an estimated 1,000 deaths, but a system for identifying which foods most often are responsible for illnesses associated with particular pathogens has been lacking. The report outlines a new method for tracking and reporting that information relating to the four most prevalent foodborne pathogens.
For years, beef packers have employed a variety of post-harvest interventions to reduce contamination of meat with E. coli O157:H7 or other shiga toxin- producing E. coli (STEC). Meanwhile, the industry continues to explore options for pre-harvest interventions to reduce the amount of STEC cattle carry into processing plants, thereby enhancing the efficacy of plant interventions.
For the fourth straight month, the number of cattle in U.S. feedlots with capacity for 1,000 or more head increased slightly from a year ago. According the USDA’s February Cattle on Feed report, feedyard inventories as of February 1 totaled 10.7 million head, up less than one percent from a year earlier.
During 2014, the United States lost 18,000 farms and 1 million acres of farmland, according to a new report from the USDA. The Farms and Land in Farms report, released on February 19, shows a continuing trend, with numbers of small farms declining and numbers of larger farms increasing moderately.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) today announced five jointly funded research awards that total more than $2.3 million from NIFA and £2.3 million British pounds ($3,502,683 equivalent) from the BBSRC for the US-UK Collaborative Animal Health and Disease and Veterinary Immune Reagents program. This US-UK partnership addresses high impact diseases and animal health issues relevant to both countries.
Now more than ever the veterinary profession has a crucial role to play in protecting both animals and humans, so the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Veterinary Association (WVA) are intensifying their collaboration to support and further enhance the profession.