Regulatory/Consumer

NARMS 2010 report available from FDA-CVM

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine now has availabe the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System—Enteric Bacteria (NARMS) 2010 Executive Report. The annual Executive Report summarizes, in an integrated format, NARMS data on non-typhoidal Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates recovered in 2010 from human clinical cases, retail meats, and food animals at federally inspected slaughter and processing plants. FULL STORY »

USAHA meeting slated for N.C.

Make sure to pre-register for the Oct. 18-24 United States Animal Health Association annual conference in Greensboro, N.C. USAHA and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians return to North Carolina for some southern hospitality at the 116th USAHA/55th AAVLD Annual Meeting. FULL STORY »

Working with organic clients

There are still very few bovine veterinarians who specialize in organic livestock production, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with some of your clients who choose to do that type of production. In a webinar yesterday sponsored by eOrganic, Hubert Karreman, VMD, Bovinity Health, LLC, Narvon, Penn., discussed some of the premises of organic dairy medicine and some challenges facing veterinarians when treating organic dairy cows. FULL STORY »

NBAF: Weighing the options

We need the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), but given the need to cut government spending, should we consider less-comprehensive but less-costly options? That is the focus of a report the National Academies of Science (NAS) released last week titled “Meeting Critical Laboratory Needs For Animal Agriculture: Examination of Three Options.” FULL STORY »

Registration tattoos are not official ID

Wisconsin State Veterinarian Robert Ehlenfeldt, DVM, reminds Wisconsin veterinarians that while many of them identify cattle by breed tattoo on test charts, vaccination forms, and certificates of veterinary inspection (CVI), few understand that these tattoos do not fulfill state requirements. FULL STORY »

Codex moves ahead with ractopamine standards

At the Codex meeting, taking place this week iin Rome, participating member countries expressed their views on the safety of ractopamine. On Thursday, the member countries voted in favor of the adoption of standards for Maximum Residue Levels for ractopamine. According to NCBA Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons, this is a victory for U.S. cattlemen and women. FULL STORY »

Animal Disease Center produces vaccine against FMD

A new vaccine has been developed for one of the seven strains of the dreaded foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). "This is the biggest news in FMD research in the last 50 years," says Dr. Larry Barrett, Plum Island Animal Disease Center director. FULL STORY »

Consumer Reports’ poll says Americans want antibiotic-free meat

New polling by Consumers Union suggests Americans are concerned about the overuse of antibiotics in food animals. Livestock industry leaders are sure to question the group's motives, especially since Consumers Union also launched in-store and online campaigns. FULL STORY »

Coalition: Use science in regulating antibiotics

A coalition of agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, sent a letter Tuesday to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., who is seeking to severely restrict antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production. FULL STORY »

NCBA opposes federal animal ag mandate

Tom Talbot, chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Health and Well-Being Committee, said despite challenges cattlemen and women face, raising healthy cattle is and always has been a priority. FULL STORY »

New milk residue screening test

Access to a highly sensitive and specific confirmatory test that allows dairy producers to check milk samples for drug residue concentrations is now available through the Cyclone Custom Analyte Detection Service at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. FULL STORY »

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