The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is expanding the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations that govern how and when feed-grade antibiotics can be given to food-producing animals. The FDA’s goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics for production purposes such as increasing growth, and instead use them for health emergencies only. Use of the drugs will require a prescription, administration by a veterinarian, or a consultation with a vet, as certified by a VFD, a document issued by a licensed veterinarian.
To help you prepare, your co-op has scheduled a free informational meeting at 7:00 pm on Tues., Feb. 2, 2016 at the 4H Building, Bedford County Fairgrounds. Dr. Michele Campbell and Bradley Gray of Hubbard Feeds will be featured speakers.
The rule was implemented October 2015, but feed-grade manufacturers have until Dec. 31, 2016 to finish the process of changing their product labels. The rule takes full effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
Currently some antibiotics require a VFD, but as of Jan. 1, 2017 the list will be expanded to include:
- Chlortetracycline (Aureomycin)
- Tylosin (Tylan)
- Sulfas (AS-700)
- Macrolides (Pulmotil)