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FASS “Antibiotics in Animals and People” webinar available online

December 29, 2010

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) hosted a webinar titled “Antibiotics in Animals and People” on October 20, 2010. Due to an overwhelming positive response to the live event, FASS has recently made the recorded version available online at www.fass.org.

The webinar was led by Dr. Jim Pettigrew, a member of the FASS Science Policy Committee and lead coordinator for the recently approved FASS policy statement on antibiotics. Dr. Pettigrew provided introductory remarks and summarized the FASS science policy statement titled “Preserving the Benefits of Antibiotics for People and Animals.” Dr. Billy Hargis, a poultry scientist from the University of Arkansas, gave an overview of the issues and science surrounding the antibiotics debate. The webinar concluded with Dr. Bill Flynn, from the Food and Drug Administration, discussing the agency’s perspectives on antibiotic use in animals, including its recently released guidance on judicious use. The webinar was well attended, reaching 100 people from academia, industry, and government. The FASS Science Policy Committee is currently considering additional topics for webinars in coming months.

FASS supports the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal care consistent with the health and welfare of the animals, with preserving the value of antibiotics in protecting human and animal health, and with efficient use of the earth’s resources in food production. FASS was formed by three founding member societies that are over 100 years old: the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), and the Poultry Science Association (PSA). FASS is a collaboration of societies and organizations commonly dedicated to advancing the sciences relevant to effective food-animal agriculture. FASS fulfills its mission by facilitating a unified science-based voice; effective programs, publications, and initiatives’ for founding societies; and efficient administrative and operational services.

The FASS policy statement titled “Preserving the Benefits of Antibiotics for People and Animals” can be found at http://www.fass.org/policy.asp#policy.

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