The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) recently released a White Paper on antibiotic use in food-animal production. The paper is a summary of science-based information delivered by 13 human health and animal health speakers and symposium participants at the “Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for Common Purpose” symposium held in Chicago.

The White Paper provides science-based information regarding the use of antibiotics in food-animal production, human health implications relative to antibiotic use and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) in livestock.  A significant portion of the White Paper addresses the controversial topic of antimicrobial resistance.  Citing that antimicrobial resistance is not a black-and-white issue, the White Paper notes that “the ultimate priority about antibiotic use going forward is the development of well-established, science-based criterion in the regulatory decision-making process.”

The White Paper, as well as the symposium speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, are available here.