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December 18, 2013
Re "Saving antibiotics for people," Editorial, Dec. 12 The Times is too optimistic. The Food and Drug Administration's proposal to curb antibiotic use in livestock addresses only part of the problem and is voluntary, an approach that has proved unsuccessful for decades. The FDA has asked companies to voluntarily stop selling growth-promoting antibiotics. Even if a company chooses to follow the guidelines, it can continue to sell many of the same antibiotics over-the-counter to prevent disease in unsick animals.
November 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Israel opened border crossings with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip for one day, allowing in limited amounts of food and fuel for the second time in three weeks after the United Nations warned of a looming humanitarian crisis. Aid groups said the move would have minimal impact because border crossings have been closed for so long, depleting reserves of everything from flour to animal feed. Israel clamped down on humanitarian imports to the Gaza Strip after Nov. 4, when a deadly army raid into the coastal territory triggered a surge in rocket attacks.
June 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
The cows may be mad, but the French are furious: They may have unknowingly imported vast amounts of animal feed banned in Britain for fear it might carry mad cow disease. The science magazine Nature, citing British government statistics, reported Thursday that Britain sold France thousands of tons of potentially contaminated feed from 1989 to 1991 that it could not sell at home. France reacted angrily to the British weekly's report.
March 26, 1986
Your front-page story of (March 4), "What's the Beef?" failed to take into consideration that higher consciousness is also a contributing factor to the decline in consumption of red meat. More and more young people are waking up to the fact that "meat is murder" (also the title song of an album made in England), and most people taper off of flesh food by first cutting out red meat, then chicken and then fish. Meat of any kind is not necessary to our diet and has been proven to cause all kinds of health problems.
May 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The mildly toxic chemical melamine is commonly added to animal feed in China, a manager of a feed company and one of the chemical's producers said Monday, a process that boosts the feed's sales value but risks introducing the chemical into meat eaten by humans. Customers either don't know or aren't concerned about the practice, said Wang Jianhui, manager of the Kaiyuan Protein Feed company in the northern city of Shijiazhuang.
May 8, 2007 | From Reuters
Farmers will be allowed to sell 20 million chickens being held on farms that may have received feed contaminated with the chemical melamine, suspected in a rash of pet deaths, the Agriculture Department said Monday. The department said there was no need to quarantine livestock on farms where melamine or related compounds could not be detected in animal feed, perhaps because it made up only a small share of the feed. A USDA spokesman said 20 million chickens were in that category.
July 2, 2003 | Justin Gest, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- An independent health policy institute Tuesday warned all Americans, but particularly young women and children, to avoid consuming dioxins -- long-lasting compounds in the body fat of animals that have been linked to endocrine-related conditions, developmental problems and susceptibility to cancer.
Amid fears of a nationwide outbreak of "mad cow" disease, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced Tuesday that feeding bone meal to cattle is now against the law. The decision followed the revelation late last week that a Japanese meat-processing plant had ground up the carcass of the first cow in the country suspected of having the bovine disease and begun selling it as fertilizer and feed for chicken and pigs.
January 4, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibited some unapproved uses of antibiotics in livestock on Wednesday. Farmers will no longer be able to administer a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins to cattle, pigs, chicken and turkeys in unapproved doses or frequencies, or as a means of preventing disease, the agency said. Also prohibited: using drugs not originally intended for use in livestock. Some limited extra-label use will still be permitted, including prescription drugs in less-commonly eaten animals such as rabbits and ducks.
Anyone who has ever lived with a cat can imagine how few felines ever make it into the ranks of heroes and martyrs. But Bits, the late companion of journalist Erik Fichtelius, is now celebrated across the Swedish countryside for saving this nation from the evils of industrialized farming and the livestock diseases wreaking havoc elsewhere in Europe.
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