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Antibiotic resistance in food — some governments pay attention

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Folks, I told you Tuesday about a Congressional hearing on antibiotic resistance, featuring NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. Not much new was said, but it’s encouraging that the hearing was held at all. (Fauci testimony here, Frieden here.) Coincidentally, constant reader Pat Gardiner of the UK alerted me to […]

Catching up on MRSA news (not about me)

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Constant readers: I’m looking forward to having the breathing space to get back to in-depth blogging. Meanwhile, though, news is zipping by — so here’s a quick list of recent things worth reading. “Cows on Drugs” — a superb history of the 30-year-old fight to get unnecessary antibiotics out of food animals. Note, written by […]

"Pig MRSA" causing human infections

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Hi, everyone. Apologies for dropping out of sight! As SUPERBUG’s publication draws closer (and it’s very close now), I keep finding new tasks that I have do to. Last week’s was to go to New York to shoot a video for the Simon & Schuster website — and while there, I got caught in Snowpocalypse, […]

Antibiotics and farming — CBS follow-up video

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Constant readers, CBS News has posted some follow-up video to its two-part series last week on antibiotics in agriculture. It features Dr. David Kessler, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (which under its current leadership has vowed to re-examine farm-antibiotic use), and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. They talk about the […]

New film on organic farming (for European readers and others)

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This is a little outside our usual subject matter, but it follows nicely on the past two days’ discussion of the CBS packages on antibiotics in farming, so: What looks like a marvelous new documentary exploring environmental damage and human illness from pesticides and other farming chemicals is coming out in France, but needs assistance […]

CBS antibiotics and farming, day 2 – and more on the Danish experience

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Constant readers, I hope you watched the second day of CBS News’ series on antibiotic use in farming, and how it promotes the emergence of antibiotic-resistant infections in animal and humans. I found it surprisingly hard-hitting. Here’s the video and the text version. Most of the report explored the farm experience in Denmark, which in […]

CBS antibiotics and farming package, day one

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Constant readers, I hope you saw the CBS News package on antibiotics in farming Tuesday night. (It continues Wednesday.) MRSA played a prominent role, in an account of infections among workers at a chicken plant (the same outbreak, I think, as was described by Prevention magazine last August) and in questions about MRSA in pig […]

Farming and antibiotics – and voices from the ag side

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There’s a tremendous amount of buzz in the blogosphere about a series of pieces that are supposed to run on CBS News over the next several days, looking at the use of antibiotics in agriculture. For one of many posts on the topic, look at this piece from Food Safety News, an online newsletter founded […]

Back again to MRSA in animals, and spreading to humans

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There are two new reports out regarding new findings of “pig MRSA” ST398 (about which we have talked a lot; archive of posts here.) First, researchers from the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo and Complejo Hospitalario de Pontevedra, both in Pontevedra in northwest Spain, report that they have identified that country’s first human cases of […]

Warning on ST398: Monitor this now

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Drawing your attention: I have a story up tonight at CIDRAP on a new paper by Dr. Jan Kluytmans, a Dutch physician and microbiologist and one of the lead researchers tracking “pig MRSA,” ST398. (All past stories on ST398 here.) It’s a review paper, which is to say that it summarizes key existing findings rather […]