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Coming Dialogue on Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

by 5m Editor
19 August 2011, at 9:39am

US - A national forum to focus on antibiotic use in food animal production will be held on 26 to 27 October in Chicago.

The use of antibiotics in the production of food animals elicits polarizing opinions across the media today as consumers become more aware and interested in the way their food is produced. While livestock producers have realised that significant animal illness can be avoided by the use of antibiotics, consumers are being told that any use of antibiotics leads to a lower effectiveness of antibiotics in humans.

Although there have been several debates and discussions on this issue, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is planning a national forum in which experts in animal agriculture, researchers in the area of livestock health, and experts in human health will come together to have a dialogue about the use of antibiotics in the sustainable production of food.

Dr Leonard Bull, past NIAA chairman and leader of the forum planning committee, explained: "There is significant confusion regarding the use and potential effects of the use of antibiotics in food animal production. This dialogue will provide the most up-to-date information on the research that has been done on the issue, what the science really means, and what further research may be needed."

Participants in the forum will have the opportunity to hear from the research leaders and experts and join in the dialogue.

Dr Bull added: "As is the case in all NIAA forums, it is important that members of the audience have the opportunity to ask questions of the panels and participate in the discussion."

The forum, entitled 'Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose', is scheduled to be held at the Hotel InterContinental O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois on 26 to 27 October 2011. It immediately follows the 2011 Food System Summit, hosted by the Center for Food Integrity, which is being held at the same venue. Registration is open to anyone interested in this important issue. The registration fee is $295, with discounts for early registration and for NIAA members. In addition, a special forum rate for lodging at the InterContinental is available to attendees.

For more information on this meeting, click here.