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Jul 8, 2010

''Resistant to urgent action''

"Antibiotics, it’s what’s for dinner. Antibiotics, the other white meat. Antibiotics, it’s whatever the poultry industry’s slogan is."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jul 6, 2010

''Antibiotics and meat don't mix''

"For the American public's health, it's time for the meat industry to stop administering the drugs preventively but only to animals already ill."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jun 30, 2010

''The Fed and Your Credit Card''

"Congress passed legislation last year banning many of the worst practices of credit card companies and ordered the Federal Reserve to issue new rules to ensure that late charges and all other penalties — a major source of abuse — are 'reasonable and proportional.'

That dubious reading is especially troubling given a recent analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Safe Credit Card Project that found that some companies fail to disclose the penalty interest charges in their contracts — a clear violation of banking law."

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May 15, 2010

''Working to Save Lives With Safe Food''

"At age 2, Kyle Allgood of Chubbuck, Idaho, became sickened by a deadly strain of E. coli O157:H7, from contaminated spinach. When Kyle's abdominal pains would not subside, he was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where his downward spiral ended in kidney failure, a heart attack and, ultimately, death.

The tragedy the Allgood family endured is far from rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, food-borne illness strikes tens of millions of Americans, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands and kills several thousand—mostly young children like Kyle, the elderly or others who are especially vulnerable."

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Food Safety
Apr 28, 2010

''Ban Antibiotics for Healthy Food Animals''

"Last year, an estimated 65,000 people in the U.S. were killed by drug-resistant infections—almost the number of people who succumbed to breast cancer and prostate cancer combined."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Apr 19, 2010

''Shining new light on payments to docs''

"Buried deep within the massive health care overhaul passed by Congress are tough new laws that will soon shine a much-needed light on physicians' lucrative financial ties to industry. Known as the Physician Payments Sunshine provisions, these are some of the most significant, yet unheralded, reforms contained in the historic health care legislation signed by President Obama last month."

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Conflicts of Interest
Apr 18, 2010

''Cows on Drugs''

"Now that Congress has pushed through its complicated legislation to reform the health insurance system, it could take one more simple step to protect the health of all Americans."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Apr 6, 2010

''Antibiotic Idiocy''

''The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is getting serious about the threat routine use of antibiotics in livestock poses to human health.''

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Apr 3, 2010

''Pearls before swine: It's time to cut the use of antibiotics in farm animals''

"Everybody knows that it is possible to have too much of a good thing -- and that is true also of antibiotic drugs, the great lifesavers of modern medicine."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Mar 30, 2010

''The price of eggs''

"Last week, fire ravaged a warehouse at a Marseilles, Ohio, egg farm. Power was cut off to two of the farms’ 16 chicken barns, and 250,000 chickens either died or had to be euthanized because of the loss of environmental control."

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Food Safety
Mar 14, 2010

''The Fed's Responsiblity''

"Congress passed legislation last year intended to protect consumers from the credit card industry’s most deceptive and unfair practices. The main provisions finally went into effect last month. But the Federal Reserve still has to write new rules intended to stop companies from bleeding customers dry with exorbitant fees for late payments, with charges for exceeding the credit limit, or with “any other penalty fee or charge.”

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Mar 13, 2010

''Healthy livestock, sick people''

"Year after year, legislation intended to preserve the effectiveness of available antibiotics by limiting their use in livestock is shot down."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Mar 6, 2010

''The Spread of Superbugs''

"Until three months ago, Thomas M. Dukes was a vigorous, healthy executive at a California plastics company."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jan 3, 2010

''Drug fiends''

"One of the profound blessings in the age of modern medicine is that, when infection sets in, doctors can draw upon an array of antibiotics to knock the germs for a loop. Just imagine how it would have been for our ancestors, for whom a simple cut or bad tooth could mean "blood poisoning" and death."

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Oct 22, 2009

''Credit Card Chicanery''

"Congress blundered badly when it gave the credit card industry as long as 15 months to phase out the deceptive and predatory practices that were outlawed in a new law enacted in May."

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