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Magazine – Issue 1

Cover Stories

  • New FDA guidelines: Rating an animal antibiotic’s importance to humans - The new industry guidelines issued by the US Food and Drug Administration in December suggest removing performance claims from food-animal antimicrobials deemed “medically important” to humans and reserving those feed additives for treating controlling and preventing specific diseases.
  • Changes ahead: Everything you need to know about the new guidelines for oral antimicrobials - The US poultry industry has already shown that it knows how to use antimicrobials judiciously. In this special report, Poultry Health Today editors take an in-depth look at what FDA calls Guidance for Industry No. 213 — the rationale behind it and the changes in store for the US poultry industry.
  • Judicious drug use: The good, the bad and the ugly - According to FDA, judicious use means administering an antimicrobial drug appropriately — and only when necessary.
  • Guidelines at a glance - Highlights of the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for antimicrobial usage in poultry and livestock.
  • New FDA antibiotic guidelines: What’s a VFD? - The phrase Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) may be new to poultry veterinarians and producers, but the process has actually been around since 1996, when Congress passed the Animal Drug Availability Act.
  • New FDA antibiotic guidelines: Why comply? - FDA’s new antimicrobial guidelines are strictly voluntary — to a degree. In the agency’s own words, they “do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities”; they merely “describe the FDA’s current thinking on a topic” and, unless otherwise indicated, should be viewed only as recommendations.

Sound Science

On the Docket

Discoveries

Reality Check

  • Reality check: Oft-cited antibiotic-usage figure mixes numbers from two reports - Confidently presenting facts — not defensive rhetoric — can go a long way toward shaping consumer opinions about commercial poultry production and the importance of maintaining flock health, welfare and efficiency. For this special feature, Poultry Health Today checked the facts behind three common claims about feed antibiotic usage.
  • Reality check: 87% of antibiotics used in animals rarely used in human medicine - Confidently presenting facts — not defensive rhetoric — can go a long way toward shaping consumer opinions about commercial poultry production and the importance of maintaining flock health, welfare and efficiency. For this special feature, Poultry Health Today checked the facts behind common claims about feed antibiotic usage.
  • Reality check: Multidrug-resistant strains of Salmonella rare in humans - Confidently presenting facts — not defensive rhetoric — can go a long way toward shaping consumer opinions about commercial poultry production and the importance of maintaining flock health, welfare and efficiency. For this special feature, Poultry Health Today checked the facts behind common claims about feed antibiotic usage.

Special Report

The Last Word

  • Editorial: ‘To health!’ - Welcome to Poultry Health Today, a new magazine we’re sponsoring to keep US producers, veterinarians and nutritionists on top of the latest developments in this critical area of production.
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