Thursday, February 11, 2010

Katie Couric's Report, Part 2

Pork Industry Strives to Set the Record Straight in Wake of CBS Story

A two-part report aired on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric focused on antimicrobial use in food animal production and it got the attention of the agriculture industry.

Among other things, the report suggests antibiotic use in livestock is leading to more resistance in humans, a trend Dr. Jen Greiner says isn't supported by the science.

"We're just not seeing those trends," Greiner said. "Our producers are working on using antibiotics responsibly on farms each and everyday."

Greiner is Director of Science and Technology for the National Pork Producers Council. She notes Denmark placed a ban on antibiotic growth promoters in the late 1990s, and while CBS called it a great success story, Greiner says that's just not the case.

"When you go to Denmark and talk to producers in that country they will tell you that banning antibiotic growth promoters not only created more pig deaths and caused their pigs to suffer, but also it didn't have a positive public health outcome," Greiner said.

Greiner says that legislation that has been introduced in the House would not only ban antibiotic growth promoters but would also ban antibiotics for preventing disease as well as controlling disease. Meaning producers would only have the ability to treat a clinically sick animal. Greiner says that would be an unmitigated disaster for the industry and ultimately impact consumers.

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In a classic example of one-sided reporting, Katie Couric told her audience last night that there are no reasons good reasons to use antibiotics in livestock. She said the only reason that it was being done in factory farms in this country was to make more money. Increasing the level of sickness and death in our livestock herd doesn’t sound like a great idea to me. All of us are concerned about keeping antibiotics effective, which is why strict usage guidelines are followed. While Couric had the opportunity to tell the whole story of antibiotic use and how that affects livestock health and food safety, she chose not to.

1 comment:

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. said...

IN regards to the Industry hype about that mean old Katie Couric and CBS on the Danish Study on antibiotics and the overuse there of, or not, I wish to submit the following ;

>>>We identified a clone of S. aureus previously associated with outbreaks of infections in animals and in humans who work with animals in 2 unique collections of S. aureus isolates. The first was from a population-based study of S. aureus colonization among residents of northern Manhattan in New York, NY, USA; <<<

>>>Consequently, the clone is identified by multilocus sequence typing as sequence type 398 (ST398). <<<


From Emerging Infectious Diseases Staphylococcus aureus ST398, New York City and Dominican Republic

First human isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sequence type 398 in Spain

C. Potel & M. Álvarez-Fernández & L. Constenla & P. Álvarez & S. Perez Received: 31 July 2009 / Accepted: 13 December 2009 # Springer-Verlag 2010

Eurosurveillance, Volume 13, Issue 9, 28 February 2008

Rapid communications

First outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 in a Dutch hospital, June 2007


MRSA in livestock animals-an epidemic waiting to happen?

Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 May; 15(5): 845-847. doi: 10.3201/eid1505.081417. PMCID: PMC2687035

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Community-acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 Infection, Italy

Volume 15, Number 7-July 2009 Dispatch Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 in Swine Farm Personnel, Belgium

Abstract We assessed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in persons on 49 swine farms in Belgium. Surveys showed that 48 (37.8%) persons carried MRSA ST398 and 1 (0.8%) had concurrent skin infection. Risk factors for carriage were MRSA carriage by pigs, regular contact with pigs and companion animals, and use of protective clothing.

doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.12.044 | How to Cite or Link Using DOI Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Permissions & Reprints

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ST398 associated with clinical and subclinical mastitis in Belgian cows

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Denmark's Case for Antibiotic-Free Animals NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2010

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