FDA Targets Antibiotics in Meat

The Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to help phase out the use of antibiotics in meat.

The agency announced Wednesday that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop marketing drugs that are important for treating human infection for use in animal production. If the companies sign on, prescriptions would also be required to use the drugs.

The FDA is hoping to limit antibiotic resistant diseases in humans by decreasing the use of the drugs in animals processed for meat.

Consumers have been increasingly concerned about the issue of antibiotics in meat and the FDA has been deliberating the issue for several years. The FDA’s Michael Taylor said he believes asking industry to make the changes is the fastest way to help phase the drugs out. (AP)

Award-Winning San Francisco Chef Judy Rodgers Dies

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Judy Rodgers, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe, has died. She was 57.

Gilbert Pilgram, her business partner and longtime friend, said Rodgers died Monday after succumbing to cancer of the appendix.

The James Beard Foundation named the Zuni Cafe 2003’s Outstanding Restaurant in America.

Rodgers won Beard’s Outstanding Chef award a year later, beating out notable chef Mario Batali and others.

Rodgers started cooking in the 1970s after being inspired by Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, where she met her business partner Pilgram.

Pilgram says he’ll continue to run Zuni’s kitchen. (AP)