The new Veterinary Feed Directive Rule took effect Jan. 1, 2017. The effort is focused on eliminating medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production. Use the links below for additional information.
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