AHI STATEMENT: FDA Report on Sales of Antibiotics for Use in Food Producing Animals

Washington, DC – December 7, 2017 – Antibiotic sales – whether they go up or down – are not predictors of public health impact. While today’s sales report is an interesting piece of the story, we are more encouraged by the recent data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System that shows that for those pathogens that might transfer from animals to humans, resistance rates in people have been stable or declining.

AHI Lauds Funding of Antibiotic Data Collection

AHI Lauds Funding of Antibiotic Data Collection USDA program supported by wide variety of stakeholders Washington, D.C.,  May 4, 2017 – The Animal Health Institute today praised Congressional appropriators for including money for antibiotic data collection in the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget agreement contains $7 million for the U.S. Department of […]

New Study of Antibiotic Use on Farms and Antibiotic Resistant Salmonella Pathogens Shows the Need for More Robust Farm to Fork Research

New article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition highlights results from a systematic review of salmonellosis studies Washington, DC [February 24, 2017] – A team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service recently reviewed published literature for evidence of a relationship between […]

AHI Open Letter to Scientific American

February 2, 2017 Mariette DeChristina Editor in Chief Scientific American   Dear. Ms. DiChristina: I am writing to express our surprise and disappointment with your recent article “How Drug-Resistant Bacteria Travel from the Farm to Your Table” written by Melinda Wenner Moyer.  The issue of antibiotic resistance is a scientifically technical and nuanced issue with […]

Animal Health Community Collectively Redefines Antibiotic Use on the Farm

Medically Important Antibiotics No Longer Used for Growth Promotion WASHINGTON – January 3, 2017 – Today, the FDA announced the full implementation of new policies redefining how antibiotics are used to treat food-producing animals. Beginning January 1, antibiotics similar to those used in human medicine that are medically important will no longer be used to […]

AHI Statement on FDA Summary Report on Antibiotic Sales

December 22, 2016. Today’s antibiotic sales report, as FDA states, has severe limitations in aiding the understanding of the use of antibiotics in food animals.  That’s why we continue to support the USDA Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan to collect useful data to provide information to help farmers and veterinarians to become even better users of […]

AHI Statement on Citizens Petition on Antibiotics

This petition mischaracterizes the FDA policy, the way antibiotics are used currently and how they will be used after implementation by January 1, 2017.  We urge FDA to reject the petition and continue to focus on the collaborative efforts to implement the new judicious use policy. AHI and its member companies, along with the producer, […]

New Research Examining Link Between Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals and Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Leads to More Questions

New article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition highlights results from a systematic review of campylobacteriosis studies Washington, DC [August 10, 2016] – As controversy continues concerning the use of antibiotics in food animals and the relationship to drug-resistant infections in humans, a team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Medical University of South […]

Statement by the Animal Health Institute on American Academy of Pediatrics Technical Report

The technical report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics fails to recognize significant changes being made in the way antibiotics are used in food animals.  It’s important for the public and the human health community to know the Food and Drug Administration has proposed and won universal cooperation on a policy to eliminate the […]

Animal Health Institute Statement on White House Forum for Antibiotic Stewardship

Washington, DC – Animal health companies are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in today’s White House Forum for Antibiotic Stewardship bringing together some 150 representatives from both human and animal health. Healthy animals mean healthy people, which is why the Animal Health Institute (AHI) supports a collaborative, broad-based approach to keeping animals and […]