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Grumbling about VFDs? Alternative could be worse, vet says

Increased paperwork for producers and veterinarians that results from the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule may cause some grumbling, but the alternative could be worse, said Bill Hollis, DVM, a swine veterinarian in Illinois.

“Frankly, the FDA is wanting to put more layers in the process. The alternative is ‘no, never, not ever’ [for responsible antibiotic use], and I don’t like that for animals,” Hollis said, according to an article in Agrinews.

“[The VFD rule] is allowing us to work with FDA so we can continue to [use] antibiotics in an appropriate manner. I think it’s a fair step to verify appropriate and judicious use,” he said.

Recordkeeping is a major part of the new process that producers may need to put in place. The new rule also brings added paperwork and recordkeeping for veterinarians.

Nevertheless, Hollis hopes the new rule will provide clarity, especially for consumers and the non-farming public, in just how and when and why medications are used in food animals.

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