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FDA issues rule requiring veterinary supervision of medically important antimicrobials

The US Food and Drug Administration announced today its final rule for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) — a move that is said to be “an important piece of the agency’s overall strategy to...

Veterinary Feed Directive: Producer Requirements 2015

Requirements for producers involved in the distribution or use of medicated feed containing a Veterinary Feed Directive drug.

VFD requirements for feed mills: Not as simple as A, B, C

Part 4 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

FDA Releases Biannual Progress Report on Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Food-producing Animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today its second progress report on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals.

Action on antibiotics

In a March 3 announcement, McDonald’s said that while it would only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, “the farmers who supply chicken for its menu will...

Coming in 2016: Three proposed changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive

Nutritionists that currently rely on antimicrobial drugs for improving feed efficiency for production uses in food-animals may need to reformulate feeds to meet the regulations in 2016.

New antibiotic initiatives spark more debate in Washington

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report Sept. 18 on combating antibiotic resistance, which accompanied the president's executive order to create a government...

Author of California bill defends using antibiotics to prevent disease

California lawmakers passed SB-835 (Food animals: medically important antimicrobial drugs), which mirrors the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Guidance 213 (covered in Influence Feed edition "Real...
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