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In December, the FDA asked animal health companies to voluntarily stop using antibiotics to promote growth of meatier cows, pigs, and other livestock. This is known as non-therapeutic use.
According to a recent report by the FDA, 25 sponsors confirmed in writing their intent to engage with FDA as defined in Guidance #213 and have given FDA consent to list their names in this update. These 25 sponsors hold 99.6 percent of the applications affected by Guidance #213 and include subsidiaries of Bayer and Eli-Lilly.
The guidelines are meant to thwart the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, which some scientists blame on antibiotics in the food supply. Drug-resistant bacteria strike 2 million Americans a year and cause 23,000 deaths, according to the CDC. The FDA has long been under fire for failing to keep a lid on antibiotic use in farm animals. In January, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report containing evidence that the FDA’s scientists were aware of 18 farm antibiotics that posed a high risk of spawning antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
However, critics claim that 89 percent of antibiotic drugs that the guidelines advise against using to speed growth can still be given to healthy animals for other reasons, such as disease prevention. They also contend that since the system is voluntary, it gives the pharamaceutical companies too much discretion and leeway in conducting their own policy and enforcement methods, especially on large factory farms, and with easily obtained OTC (over the counter) drugs. Critics are demanding a complete ban on antibiotics/ antimicrobials for non-therapeutic use.
Following is a link to a recent Reuters News article which offers a well-balanced summary of this story.
Health Canada restricts use of antibiotics for growth in livestock
In an effort to curb drug-resistant superbugs, Health Canada is restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock.
Producers will no longer be allowed to continuously feed animals low-level doses as a way to promote growth.
Dr. Trisha Dowling, a pharmacologist with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, says penicillin and tetracycline have long been fed to livestock in order to reduce the workload of animals’ immune systems, thereby causing them to grow faster using less feed.
She says in many cases, products specifically marketed as growth-promotants are older drugs that have fallen out of use in humans as bacteria have developed resistance.
The rules do still allow in-feed antibiotics as a preventative measure against disease.
Dowling says that in many cases, the exception means business-as-usual for producers.
She says this was especially true in the poultry industry, where improved growth is essentially a side benefit for producers using the drugs to prevent infections that can wipe out whole barns if they get a foothold.
“If you don’t put (antibiotics) in the feed, and you wait until you get an outbreak of necrotic enteritis, you’ve got a lot of dead birds and you’ve lost a lot of money,” she said.
On the cattle side, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association CEO Craig Douglas said most producers don’t feed antibiotics.
“Without singling out any other industry — it’s other sectors where that’s been more of a standard procedure,” he said.
Douglas said most ranchers only reach for the antibiotics when an animal is clearly unwell.
“They’re not medicating their animals unless their sick,” he said, adding that costs as high as $500 per animal tends to keep the use of injected antibiotics in check.
~ The Canadian Press – Friday, July 11, 2014
The resistance to over-use of antibiotics is gaining steam throughout North America after the recent release of a detailed study by Consumers Report. Apparently 82% of those surveyed said that they would buy antibiotic-free meat and poultry if it were available. This sounds quite convincing and seems to endorse the position of the Consumers Union and its supporters: (FixFood, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, Natural Resources Defense Council, etc.)
However, closer inspection reveals that it was 82% of the 24% of respondents who said that the stores where they shopped did not offer antibiotic-free meat/poultry. That in fact amounts to less than 20% of the total people surveyed.
Most large cattle ranchers and hog and chicken farmers put antibiotics in either feed or water to help their livestock process food more efficiently and to bulk up faster. Veterinarians and cattle experts argue that using small doses of antibiotics as a preventive measure cuts the risk of an animal getting sick by 25 percent to 50 percent.
But many scientists and medical doctors believe giving antibiotics to animals when they are not sick contributes to more drug-resistant infections, known as “superbugs” in humans. The most recent data used by the “no antibiotics” camp is a 2002 report released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. It states that the “vast majority” of the 99,000 people who died from hospital-acquired infections, were caused by antibiotic-resistant infections.
Undoubtedly, this debate will rage on for some time. It may even become a political hot button approaching the November primaries. For more information on this topic, we have listed some links below.
Also, for those who prefer to examine their options, we have included a real-time map of farms, markets, eateries and retailers who serve meat raised without excessive use of antibiotics.
Oxy Blast customers report drastic reduction in the need to use anitbiotics and report improved health and weight gains in all species.
Safe, Clean Produce
As you know, we have two daily electronic papers on our website linked to our twitter account; the Oxy Blast Digest and the Motala Water Report. We encourage you all to subscribe to them. There is always something of interest.
The article of interest today is testing of produce. You all should know this is a huge issue and could be solved by producers in-house. How? Well, the suggestion is that they shock their complete water system with Oxy Blast at 500 PPM. This dose will kill bacteria and allow for no further complications. Of course, we also want to make sure when doing this that the pH level is at 6. Now, they can use a maintenance dose of 50 PPM consistently, while keeping the pH at 6, and soak all vegetables in a clean disinfected sink for 30 minutes. They can now drain the sink. This will help them stay fresh longer.
As a matter of fact if you spray left over tossed salad with a 3% solution of Oxy Blast (mix 15 parts of water with 1 part Oxy Blast 50% in spray bottle). It will last longer and stay fresher longer in the fridge. My wife uses this formula to keep our complete kitchen and all bathrooms free of bacteria. If you spray some by the sink of your home you will see it with your own eyes – it bubbles and you can actually see it kill the bacteria!
In an ongoing effort to reduce the dependence and amount of antibiotics used in farming, USDA scientists at College Station, TX have discovered that providing sodium chlorate in the drinking water or feed of livestock will reduce the intestinal concentrations of bacteria harmful to humans.
You can read a summary of the report here: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/06/usda-makes-progress-on-alternatives-to-antibiotics/
The use and/or overuse of antibiotics on farms continues to generate controversy. While opposite sides continue to argue their respective positions, we feel that it’s important to maintain a level-headed position and research and examine all of the facts.
Without a doubt, antibiotics have improved the quality of life for all of us, including our livestock and food sources. Can you imagine a world without anitbiotics? Scary indeed!
We strongly agree with the agricultural community that a responsible antibiotic regimen is essential to maintaining a safe, healthy and efficient operation. However, it’s also common knowledge that antibiotic use has surged during the past decade, which has many experts worried that we are creating a dangerous level of resistance to bacteria and viruses.
The prestigious journal Nature this week called for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, adding to the growing chorus of scientists and public health advocates seeking reforms. The editorial noted that the overuse of antibiotics in livestock raising is a global issue, in part because pathogens do not respect international borders — “As long as any one country pumps its pigs and poultry full of drugs, everyone is at risk.”
Following are links to the report and comments.
While the debate rages on, and various special interest groups lobby all levels of government, please don’t blame the farmers! They are all working hard to ensure that we all have safe, healthy food to feed our families, and also incurring a lot of extra expense in doing so.
We would like to remind you that one of the many benefits of using our Oxy Blast products is the reduced dependency on antibiotics. Why? Because they help antibiotics work more effectively and efficiently! This has proven to be an economical option for many of our clients.
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For Immediate Release June 26, 2012
Poultry Crisis in India
India – Poor Supply, Bad Weather Push up Chicken Prices
Scorching weather has affected poultry production, resulting in severe shortages and price increases over the past two months.
The wholesale price of live broiler chickens has increased from 50% to 100% over the past two months and the average quality and market weight of the birds has declined. Mortality rates in excess of 50% have been reported, but demand shows no signs of declining. In fact, with the muslim Eid festival approaching in two months, demand will spike dramatically.
The Poultry Federation of India (PFI) has been working in conjunction with the government of India to alleviate and resolve the severity of the situation. However, sources say that prices could only rise further in the coming days; a respite is expected only once the monsoon sets in and the temperature falls.
This is serious news indeed and the entire poultry industry is struggling to regain its stability.
One lucky broiler chicken operator, however, is beating the odds. How?
He is using Oxy Blast!
Look at these amazing results, in comparison to the rest of the industry:
- 150% increase in weight gain;
- 100% improvement in mortality rate
- $30 daily savings in antibiotics
- 40% increase in net wholesale price
- 200% overall increase in sales & profits with less cost!
OXY BLAST WORKS!
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Oxy Blast is revolutionizing India. This just keeps getting better!
I just got off the phone with our dealer in India with updated information. No antibiotics have been used through this entire process. The average cost for anitbiotics on this farm was $45.00 U.S. per day. The complete Oxy Blast protocol has so far averaged only $15.00.
As of today we are down to .0003% mortality. That is in just 7 Days – amazing! And all at 1/3 of his previous cost using antibiotics and other hopeful solutions. The farmer is over-joyed and can’t wait to start our Oxy Blast protocol from the very beginning with the new batch of chicks arriving in a couple of days.
Once word spreads, we will be inundated with requests from other chicken operations, especially with the Eid festival coming up soon, when the demand for chickens surges. We will have to ramp up our dealership and distribution systems accordingly throughout all of India.
We’ll keep you updated 🙂
P.S. How could you benefit from Oxy Blast ?
Chicken Farm Success Story in India
I recently went to India to train and work with our new Dealership and spent 16 days meeting with many people in many farms, industries, government, municipalities, universities and processing plants over 16 days.
One of the challenges that we always face, is that people don’t like having to spend money on water for farms, let alone having the trust and confidence to spend it with the right people. At the end of my visit, I felt that there was a huge market in India and that we needed to show them how we can help them to accomplish better operations through their water.
One of the first farms I visited was a broiler chicken farm. This gentleman worked very hard to set up his farm for success. He had two houses (chicken barns) full of 13,700 birds. When we met, he had just finished spending a large amount of money on antibiotics; apparently a regular occurrence. Even though his antibiotics were costing him a lot more than the Oxy Blast protocol that I suggested, he was hesitant to consider my alternatives. The reason he was sceptical, is that he did not know what results he would actually see. He already knew what results to expect with his antibiotics, but he did not know what the Oxy Blast protocol would do. When you don’t know what to expect, anything seems too expensive, since you can’t put a value to it; it’s only natural.
Despite his doubts, he still gave us the go ahead, but then retracted, because the Dealer gave him the price for his complete turn (42 days) and he thought that it was too expensive. I reminded him that we have qualified experts on staff, i.e. Veterinarians, Nutritionists, Water Physiologists, Filtration Experts and Farmers. These are all seasoned professionals; just another major difference that sets us apart from other companies in our industry which adds further value to our product and service. We are the experts at what we do. When our customers follow our protocol, 99.9% of them keep buying the product and keep using it.
I did tell him what he “could see”; cleaner water and nipples not plugging up, lower death loss, better feed conversion, better weight gains, less leg and tendon problems, drier litter, increased water consumption, lowered medication cost, improved daily gains, and a natural de-worming effect. I know you are all waiting to find out what happened, so here it is.
On June 10th, my Indian Dealer and I talked about going back to this chicken farm and seeing if we can get the customer to try our product. When he got there, the farm was 20 days into stress and the death loss was at 33 a day; it was over 5%, and at 33 a day, every day was going higher than 5%, because as the days passed, it was compounding. His birds were dying because of E-coli and Chronic Respiratory Disease (CRD).
Day 1 June 11th – Death loss down by 1 bird, yes, I said 1 bird. I got a call asking, “Are you sure this will work?” Obviously the farmer and the new Dealer had doubts, while under stress. We live in a fast-paced society and want something to work overnight; we want to see instant results. I told them that we cannot solve problems that have been there for over 20 days, in one night. I asked for 1 week to see if things turn around to their satisfaction. After 20 days, how deep do you think this infestation has gone and how much of a hold do you think it has on those chicks?
Day 2 June 12th – Death loss was down a little more (I cannot remember exactly what they said but it was not significant). We talked a little more and kept with the stringent protocol. Also, I found out that the temperature was 42 C. (wow, that is hot!), so we adjusted a couple of things to accommodate that.
Day 3 June 13th – Adjustments we made were starting to work. Death loss started to decrease in nice numbers; continued with the protocol.
Day 4 June 14th – Birds drinking more water, death loss down about 25%. We are seeing definite results. I called to speak with the Dealer who was with farmer. The farmer is very happy, and the results are showing him that we know what we are doing. Birds are happier and he is on his way to having a recovery. He asked how long to continue protocol and I said, “You are at 2.5% loss; we need to bring it down to 1% as soon as possible”. The birds only have 18 days left and we need to get some weight on them to save the farmer from losses to his profits.
Day 6 June 16th – Death loss is now down to 1.9%; which is fantastic in only 6 days, and the farmer is confident that it will continue to drop as time goes by. In fact, he has commissioned the local Dealer to be in charge of ALL water and disinfecting protocols on his farm. In 14 days, happy, healthy birds leave for the market with a happy, relieved farmer. They then have only 3 days to clean up and prepare for the new batch of chicks to arrive.
The word got out about what we did on this farm. This brought phone calls from other farms and now we are hearing about death losses of 15-50% from farmers and operators who want to talk to us. I developed a protocol for India suitable for every chicken house we go into. We are going to always assume the worst going in, so that we can be ahead of the potential problems. We have so many people calling the local Dealer that we are going to be on Skype every day now.
Now, we have done this on many farms with all different kinds of livestock and animals; helped them with their issues and ensure their success. We have a good track record in all species as all our Dealers know. We continue to help these farmers make more money and have a smoother running operation, especially since farming has taken a major blow in many parts of the world
A very big part of what I do is because I love helping people. I love it when someone can say thanks Zak you really helped us. That is such a good feeling; we hear it a lot and it is very gratifying. What a great business we are all in!