Antibiotics

Maryland Farm Bureau’s Director of Government Relations, Colby Ferguson, on antibiotics and food security.

  • The U.S. National Residue Program (NRP) for Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products, administered by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is an interagency program designed to identify, rank, and test for chemical contaminants in meat, poultry and egg products. *USF&RA
  • Eliminating antibiotics to prevent or control disease in farm animals in other countries, such as Denmark, has not reduced the amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections and strains harmful to people. And, it has even led to increased need for treatment of animals with newer, stronger antibiotics that are more closely related to those used in human medicine as well as other problems. *USF&RA
  • By December 2016, FDA Guidances 209 and 213 will make it illegal for antibiotics that are medically important to human health to be used to promote growth in food animals. Additionally, FDA Guidance 209 will require veterinarian oversight when administering medically important antibiotics to food animals. *USF&RA
  • In 1996, the federal government established the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) as an “early warning” system to track any resistant bacteria in humans, animals and retail meats. There are no patterns from this research that show antibiotic resistance in bacteria from animals is affecting antibiotic resistance in bacteria in humans and treatment of illness. *USF&RA