The National Turkey Federation believes the FDA guidance document on antibiotic use creates a science-based framework to preserve the therapeutic benefits of antibiotics that farmers and their veterinarians currently rely on for disease treatment, control and prevention.
Turkey producers and processors are committed to the wellbeing of farm animals and the safety of the food supply. Medications are an important part of that process.  

Because antibiotic resistance is a public health concern, several layers of protection have been put in place to ensure that animal antibiotics do not affect public health. Learn more from the Animal Health Institute





Antibiotic Resistance

Reporters on the record... a briefing with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control  - CDC transcript Sept 16, 2013

Washington Post's David Hoffman: Tom, I’d like to ask, given the situation you describe, it sounds like very serious one, and you have recommended four things, largely for others to do.  Doctors and stewardship and so on.  What is the United States government -- what is the Obama administration going to do specifically in response to this?  What are the administration's government's policy responses? 

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden: Well, actually, there's quite a bit that the U.S. government is doing and is proposing to do going forward.  If you look at those four areas, and I think, you know, that's the framework that we use, so that's the way to kind of think about it, that's for all actors, all players to be involved.  In terms of prevention, one of the things that we're doing, for example, is expanding our work with detection and control of outbreaks in hospitals.  And hospitals remain the source of much of the most -- many of the most resistant organisms. 

San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Lochhead: This is sort of a relook at this last question. According to many people, the vast majority of antibiotics are used in livestock, and yet the FDA has only issued a voluntary guidance that isn't even completely final yet. Do we know how big a role agriculture is in this problem? 

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden: I think that the -- as Dr. Bell indicated, right now the really most acute problem is in hospitals. And the most resistant organisms in hospitals are emerging in those settings, because of poor antimicrobial stewardship among humans. That having been said, any widespread use of antimicrobials in the environment increases the risk that transposable genetic elements will -- bred through the system and create even more resistance and resistant problems in the future.  

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden: So that concludes our briefing.  Let me just recap that these are the – this is the first time we have released these estimates.  They're very concerning.  They show us that if we're not careful and if we don't take action urgently, the medicine cabinet may be empty for patients with life-threatening infections in coming months and years.  But we do see a real ray of hope in the effective interventions that can prevent and reverse drug resistance.  And we welcome the attention to this, because there is something that every part of the health system can do, and every part of, more broadly, we can do to preserve antibiotics so that they are still the wonder drugs they are today for our kids and our grandkids.