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AHI Statement on FDA Response to Environmental Working Group Report

In response to “FDA Cautions in Interpretation of Antimicrobial Resistance Data,”  citing that the Environmental Working Group’s report of the 2011 Retail Meat Annual Report of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), the Animal Health Institute issued the following statement:


“The Animal Health Institute applauds the FDA for setting the record straight with regard to the EWG’s report conclusions and further underscoring the importance of providing consumers with factual and accurate information.

AHI has always supported a robust NARMS monitoring program as it serves as an early defense system on the potential for the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  We agree with the FDA that any interpretation of the NARMS data must be based on sound science and accurate analysis from those organizations with a full understanding of microbiology, epidemiology and the genetics of antibiotics resistance with regard to foodborne pathogens.

Antimicrobial resistance is a challenging issue and one our industry takes seriously.  We work to ensure that veterinarians and farmers use antibiotics responsibly to keep animals healthy while protecting public health.”


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