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Guidelines at a glance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new rule on veterinary feed directives (VFDs) takes effect as of January 2017. Here are the highlights:
  • Antimicrobial drugs that FDA has deemed medically important to humans should be used in poultry and livestock only to prevent, control or treat a specific disease or organism.
  • A Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) should be obtained from a licensed veterinarian before using any feeds containing medically important antibiotics; a veterinary prescription is required for medically important water medications.
  • Medically important antibiotics should not be used solely for performance benefits, such as improved weight gain or feed conversion.
  • Only those antibiotics not medically important to humans with approved FDA claims for increased growth rate and improved feed conversion should be used to optimize performance.
  • Synthetic anticoccidials, ionophores and antibiotics not considered medically important to humans may be used without a VFD, though veterinary involvement is still encouraged for all antibiotic decisions.

 

For more information on VFDs, click here.

 




Posted on June 5, 2015

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