The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with USDA and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), plans to hold a jointly sponsored public meeting to obtain input on possible ap
proaches for collecting additional on-farm antimicrobial drug use and resistance data, according to a notice in the Federal Register.
The agencies seek the data to better evaluate the effect of measures being implemented to foster the judi
cious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals.
The meeting will be held September 30, 2015, in the USDA Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Registration is required. To provide oral comments, register by September 18. Public comments will be accepted until November 30.
A Canadian team of researchers has received $9.8 million to improve disease resilience and sustainability in pork production.
Genome Canada awarded the project in the national Genomics and Feeding the Future competition to innovative agri-food research led by University of Saskatchewan scientists.
In addition, a professor of swine production medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine will co-lead a project with Alberta colleagues that will create genomics tools to select pigs that are more tolerant of, or resistant to, multiple diseases. Those tools will also allow producers to manage the nutritional content of feed to optimize pig’s health, resulting in reduced use of antibiotics.
The tools will also permit producers to manage the nutritional content of pig feed to ensure that pigs stay healthier, grow more efficiently, have more successful litters and reduce the need for antibiotic use in pig production.