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The Battle on the Home Front: Jonathan Gadsden's Story

The Battle on the Home Front: Jonathan Gadsden's Story

Marine Lance Corporal's story reflects the growing need for new antibiotics that can treat dangerous diseases, against which most drugs are useless. Read More

Facilitating Medical Device Innovation: De Novo Reform

Facilitating Medical Device Innovation: De Novo Reform

The de novo process -- which requests lower-risk reclassification of medical devices and entry into the marketplace -- as it exists now is not achieving its purpose and has instead added unnecessary and time-consuming requirements. Read More

Food Products Recalled by FDA

Food Products Recalled by FDA

Since President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law, at least 149 FDA-regulated food products have been recalled due to potential pathogenic contamination. Read More

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Jul 17, 2012

Food Products Recalled By FDA

Since President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law, at least 149 FDA-regulated food products have been recalled due to potential pathogenic contamination. A recall is needed when a failure in the food safety program in a food facility results in contaminated food products being shipped to supermarkets and other retail and wholesale outlets. A recall is the last line of defense that protects consumers from getting sick.

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Food Safety

Feb 8, 2010

Food Safety and the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

According to a first-ever study by professors at the University of Regina in the United Kingdom, U.S. food safety ranks seventh or “average” among 17 other industrialized nations. At least 76 million cases of food-borne disease occur each year in the U.S. While many health problems caused by contaminated food are not serious, some food-borne infections are much more dangerous, leading to convulsions, premature delivery and miscarriage, sepsis, or even death.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Nov 19, 2008

Foodborne Pathogens Associated with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

There are a number of foodborne microbial pathogens associated with the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that can cause illness or death among consumers who eat contaminated produce.

This document summarizes the major foodborne microbial pathogens that may be found in fresh produce, including Cyclospora cayetanensis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes, Norovirus, Salmonella spp., and Shigella spp.

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Food Safety

Nov 15, 2010

Getting Smart About Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proclaimed November 15-21, 2010 as "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week." This event is an opportunity for Americans to learn about the importance of these life-saving drugs.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Oct 7, 2009

Getting with the Program

This report  finds that nearly one in 10 community college students in the U.S. can’t get a federal loan if they need one because their schools choose not to participate in the federal loan programs. More

Consumer Financial Security

Mar 15, 2013

Groups Urge Obama to Take Action Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Pew and 46 other public health, medical, environmental and consumer leaders urged President Obama to take swifter action to protect the public from drug-resistant bacteria. In a joint letter, they call on his administration to eliminate industrial farms’ non-therapeutic use of medically important antibiotics and to support legislation that requires the Food and Drug Administration to shine more light on farming practices that are breeding superbugs.

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Jan 21, 2011

Health Care and the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

Many public health officials and medical organizations are increasingly concerned about the rising incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States. According to the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, unless antibiotic resistance ―problems are detected as they emerge—and actions are taken quickly to contain them—the world may soon be faced with previously treatable diseases that have again become untreatable, as in the pre-antibiotic era.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Feb 26, 2013

Health, Science Leaders Call on Congress for More Antibiotics Data

A broad coalition of medical, public health, scientific, agricultural, consumer, environmental and humane organizations, representing more than 11 million supporters, wrote a letter urging Congress to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and include in it provisions to help preserve the efficacy of antibiotics vital to protecting public health.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Aug 18, 2011

Helping School Meals Make the Grade

The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs provide meals to tens of millions of children each day, accounting for up to one-half of those students’ daily calories. However, more than 90 percent of schools serve meals that do not even meet the minimum national school meal standards.

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School Food

May 16, 2012

Heparin: A Wake-Up Call on Risks to the U.S. Drug Supply

While the vast majority of drugs in American pharmacies and medicine cabinets are safe, globalization and reliance on outsourced manufacturing creates new risks, including deliberate tampering with ingredients and inadequate quality controls in plants that operate largely outside the scrutiny of the FDA.

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety

Jan 23, 2008

Home At Last: Safe, Permanent Families for Foster Children

The Pew Charitable Trusts launched the Home at Last initiative in 2003 to advance public policies that would keep children from languishing in foster care.

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Health Topics

Jul 20, 2012

Hospitals Seek Stronger Guidelines for Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

Several hospitals and medical centers across the United States joined forces in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to accelerate and expand actions to curtail the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production. More

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Feb 24, 2010

How Antibiotic Resistance Happens

Frequent, low doses of antibiotics that are not strong enough to kill all bacteria encourage some bacteria to develop means of survival, or to become “resistant.”

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Aug 9, 2012

Human Health and Industrial Farming 101

Are you interested in writing about the overuse of drugs in food animal production? Below you can find background information, key facts, photos, and other resources.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Feb 8, 2010

Important Human Medicines Used on Industrial Farms

Industrial animal farms commonly administer low doses of antibiotics and other antimicrobials (drugs that fight microorganisms like bacteria and viruses) to pigs, cows, chickens, sheep, and other food animal species for the purpose of growth promotion or weight gain. Typically, these sub-therapeutic doses, which are generally not high enough to fight active diseases or infections, are given directly to animals in their feed or water.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production