The countdown is underway to the Jan. 1, 2017, implementation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations for antibiotic use on the farm. The effort is focused on eliminating medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production.
Under the new rules, medically important antibiotics can only be used for therapeutic use– to treat, control or prevent specific disease under veterinary guidance. Over-the-counter (OTC) purchases will cease. Only feed-grade and water-based antibiotics will be affected. Producers, veterinarians, drug companies, feed mills and feed suppliers, will all face new requirements, including expanded record-keeping.
For additional information, visit pork.org/antibiotics