Texas Tech Food Safety Researchers Participate in $2 Million Grant from USDA
November 11, 2010
By: Leslie Cranford
Texas Tech University food safety researchers are part of a $2 million grant from
the USDA aimed at improving food safety by managing antibiotic resistance in beef
and dairy cattle systems in the United States and Canada.
Guy Loneragan, a professor and epidemiologist in Texas Tech’s Department of Animal
and Food Sciences, and Todd Brashears, an associate professor in the Department of
Agricultural Education and Communications will be working on the project, led by H.
Morgan Scott, a professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Diagnostic Medicine
“Antibiotic use and resistance in animal production is a very contentious issue,”
Loneragan said. “Despite the passion with which both sides of issue argue, many assumptions
and remedies are untested or based on very sparse data. In the project led by Kansas
State, we will scientifically evaluate and ultimately provide practical approaches
to aid in the control antibiotic resistance in livestock production. We also will
actively engage those in education to better understand the evidence supporting many
assumptions, or even dogma, concerning antimicrobial resistance and then work with
industry to test those most likely to be practical in real-world settings.”
Loneragan said the project will provide new knowledge for educators, industry, and
policy makers on which they can act with confidence.
Kansas State’s Scott said he also hopes this will greatly enhance detection of early-resistant
E. coli, and that they will be able to better estimate animal-level prevalence of
resistance carriage through enhanced surveillance.
“We expect that our new approach will yield earlier detection and characterization
of resistance to critically important antibiotics,” Scott said.
Also collaborating on the project are researchers from the University of Guelph, Angelo
State University, Texas A&M University, Cornell University, Colorado State University
and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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CONTACT: Guy Loneragan, professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences,
(806) 742-2805 ext. 268 or firstname.lastname@example.org