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Dr. Hurd visits Walmart to discuss food safety. 


Dr. Hurd gives webinar entitled "Antibiotic Use in Meat Production: Risk versus benefits" based on published risk assessments. 

Further references on published risk assessments given below:

New vaccine study published: An outcomes model to evaluate risks and benefits of Escherichia coli vaccination in beef cattle. 



CAST Commentary published: The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes.

Further references


NPR: The Economic Impact of Kiling Pink Slime



Dr. Scott Hurd featured on Boston Public Radio's Here and now



Dr. Scott Hurd creates blog "Food Safety and Animal Health"



Drug Resistant Bugs Found in Antibiotic-Free Meat



ISU Veterinarian's Research is Inspiration for LEGO League Project on Food Safety



Dr. Scott Hurd leads Symposium "Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose"




Council Releases Report on Approaches to Animal Health Risk Assessment



GAO can't find link between antibiotic use in food animals and human resistance



Dr. Scott Hurd appointed to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Steering Committee.  Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture: Effects on Food Production, Animal and Human Health, and Public Policy.   Appointed Task Force Chairperson and lead author of a One Health concept paper. 2011.


ISU Expert: U.S. shouldn't worry about deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe



Why Raw Sprouts May be the Riskiest Food in Your Grocery Store



E. coli outbreak typifies foodborne illness threat

Americans know food’s not always safe, but don’t change habits



Study finding antibiotic resistance in meat is inconsequential (search the title to get the abstract):

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/desmoinesregister/access/2321434221.html?FMT... (no longer available)


Public Trust in Food Safety Hits Highest Level in Seven Years, 88% indicate confidence in supermarket purchases



ScienceWatch Ranks ISU #1 High-Impact Research Institution for Second Year in a Row



 Swinecast interview with Dr. Hurd at the Iowa Pork Congress January 2011:



Dr. Hurd on the Farm Bureau's Iowa Minute:

ISU Veterinarians, Technicians and Students Featured in Farm Bureau’s Iowa Minute
Many of you may have seen the Farm Bureau’s recent “Iowa Minute” segment on the role of the veterinarian in food safety. Broadcast in late December on several Iowa television stations, the Iowa Minute featured many familiar faces. Dr. Brenda Mulherin and Sarah Ledvina (VMC) both appear in the opening frames in a scene of which most consumers are familiar … the annual exam. Sharing the spotlight with them was Raider, a long-haired Chihuahua. The next scenes were filmed in the large animal hospital. Dr. Jennifer Schleining (VDPAM) and Jennifer Quinlin (VM4) are in the background while Farm Bureau’s Laurie Johns sets the stage for the scenes to follow. Featured in the video is Dr. Scott Hurd (VDPAM) who discusses food safety and the veterinarian’s role. In the background of the scene filmed in the VDL are Danielle Fligg and Erica Jorgensen, ISU students majoring in microbiology.

Under the Food tab, click on (What’s In Your Food?) to hear Dr. Hurd's segment.



Opposing view on food safety: Don't bar animal antibiotics 





The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on human antibiotic resistance and the threat it could pose to public health. Testifying before the committee were Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., in his opening remarks, said it is important to know the effects of using antibiotics in large numbers of animals without medical need. He went on to ask whether or not giving large numbers of animals antibiotics for non-therapeutic purposes as a preventative measure ran the risk of creating antibiotic resistance. Dr. Frieden told the committee that public health experts have recommended phasing out antibiotic growth promoters. Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., defended animal agriculture, the use of antibiotics and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s antibiotic approval process. Pitts commented on the need to focus on areas where science has shown there is concern, and that it is not agriculture. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., asked the witnesses if there is a definitive study to link the use of antibiotics in animal feed to changes in resistance in humans. Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., also asked about such studies. The witnesses said there are not. Dingell stated that the nexus between antibiotic use in animals and human antibiotic-resistance is not known.



April 04, 2010 - There is much discussion surrounding the use of antibiotics in food producing animals and the risk of resistance that may result. According to Dr. Scott Hurd of Iowa State University, the risk is very minimal and well offset by the benefits that antibiotics provide in regard to the welfare of our animals and food safety. For more information on your food and those that produce it, visit: www.FeedstuffsFoodLink.com and www.FacesOfAg.com



CBS Report Failed to Deliver the Real Facts on Antibiotics

Feb 12, 2010 11:14 AM - Despite devoting two segments during the CBS Evening News to the risks of antibiotics in animal agriculture, television anchor Katie Couric’s reports were “rather short on facts and science and long on speculation,” charges Richard Carnevale, DVM, vice president of Regulatory, Scientific and International Affairs for the Animal Health Institute (AHI), which represents companies that make animal health products.  Read More



Guest Column: Antibiotic ban will endanger food safety

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, Des Moines Register - As former deputy undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a scientist who has actively researched food safety for over 20 years, I'm disappointed by recent media reports blaming antibiotic use in livestock for most antibiotic resistance in humans.  Read More (no longer available)


Food Science and Industry Network Event

March 25, 2010, 1:00 – 6:30 pm



Invitation to Serve on Scientific Advisory Council

Iowa State University associate professor Scott Hurd, DVM, has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Animal Health Institute’s Scientific Advisory Council. The Council comprises leaders and experts in the fields of veterinary science, food safety, public health, nutrition, education and research.

Dr. Hurd is a senior epidemiologist in the College of Veterinary and took a leave-of-absence to serve as the USDA’s deputy undersecretary for food safety in 2008. He returned to ISU and continues to conduct analytical research on food risks and food safety. He is a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Risk Assessment, and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. Dr. Hurd is a 1982 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

According to the AHI, the Council will provide guidance and advice to the AHI’s Healthy People, Healthy Animals, Health Planet initiative. The Council’s mission is to foster greater awareness and understanding that animal health is essential to human health, building partnerships with public health and animal health communities, and promoting science-based research. 


Appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Risk Assessment.  November 11-12, 2009.  Ottawa, Canada



Presented at SafePork 8th International Symposium, Epidemiology and Control of Foodborne Pathogens in pork. 

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2009.  Quebec, Canada.


From World Poultry.net.

A letter from 20 producers and related groups regarding antibiotic use.  Dr. Hurd’s research is noted about mid-way through the story.



NAMP: E. coli O157:H7 Conference for North American Beef Further Processor



The Food Safety Consortium Newsletter:



Invited to participate in the American Academy of Microbiology colloquium of distinguished scientists discussing Global Food Safety: 

Reducing Risk from Farm to Table.  San Francisco, CA. 


California Legislature Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture

Testimony:  Addressing the Public Health Impacts Resulting from the Non-Therapeutic use of antibiotics in our Food Supply:  Are We Creating a Superbug?”  March 17, 2009. (News update:  this bill was defeated.  http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/21251/antibiotics-bill-defeated-in-california-senate


California Farm Bureau Federation Review

The Senate Food and Agriculture Committee held an informational hearing on the use of antibiotics for livestock production on Tuesday.  The hearing was formally titled: “Addressing the Public Health Impacts Resulting From the Non-Therapeutic Use of Antibiotics in Our Food Supply: Are We Creating a ‘Superbug’?”  CFBF coordinated with other organizations representing California’s livestock producers to bring experts out to present the science available on this topic, both Dr. Scott Hurd, Iowa State University, and Dr. Michael Apley, Kansas State University, explained to the committee the problems with banning the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics in livestock production.  CFBF also testified at the hearing, expressing concern with a ban and reiterating the points Drs. Hurd and Apley made.  Those supporting a ban who testified at the hearing included the Union of Concerned Scientists, Consumer’s Union, and Food and Water Watch.  Petaluma Poultry also testified and explained how its business successfully raises poultry without the use of antibiotics.  Senator Dean Florez has introduced legislation, SB 416, which would, among other things, ban the use of sub-therapeutic or preventative antibiotics in livestock as well as preventing meat products from being sold in schools if the livestock had been treated with antibiotics.  CFBF opposes SB 416.   


Interviewed by Ned Arthur for Swinecast publication regarding upcoming legislation on restricting antibiotic use.  March 2009.  http://www.swinecast.com/swinecast-0399-legislation-introduced-to-stop-use-of-animal-health-products-in-us


Antibiotic Legislation would be detrimental to Pig Health, Well-Being