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25 November 2022

FAIRR’s top news picks

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Rivers Near Pig and Poultry Farms

The Times | 21 November 2022

One key objective of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is improving awareness of antimicrobial resistance as a major public health threat. What better way to do so could there be than through a scientific study that finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in rivers near factory farms in England and Wales? Tests by a science laboratory have confirmed that the use of medicines in intensive animal farms contributes to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

McDonald’s and Walmart Beef Suppliers Criticised for ‘Reckless’ Antibiotics Use

The Guardian | 21 November 2022

Further disappointing news on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) this week as suppliers of beef to major US food companies are accused of using antibiotics essential for human health. The overuse of these medications means they can become less effective in humans and significantly contribute to the spread of dangerous superbugs. AMR is an ever growing ‘silent’ pandemic and its impact cannot be ignored, especially when it comes to our food system.

More Birds Killed This Year by Avian Flu Than Turkeys Slaughtered for Holidays in U.S.

Forbes | 23 November 2022

The latest epidemic of avian flu continues to ravage the Northern Hemisphere. In the U.S. alone about 8 million turkeys, or roughly 4% of the nation’s supply, have died of avian flu or needed to be culled to arrest its spread. Yet FAIRR research from earlier this year highlighted that 63% of the world’s 60 largest meat, fish and dairy firms aren’t taking the necessary steps to prevent viruses from spreading on one of their farms.

Graphic of the Week

Source: Forbes

More Food for Thought

Firm That Cleans Meat Plants Accused of Employing Minors | Josh Funk | Washington Post

Most Food Companies Have Weak or No Water Management Programs | Chris Casey | Food Dive

FAIRR’s Protein Pulse is a weekly collection of news articles related to the food sector that may be of interest to our members. FAIRR does not necessarily endorse the views of these news articles and assumes no responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies found in third-party content.