Friday, May 29, 2015

Farm Foundation Launches Effort to Reduce Antimicrobial-Drug Use

On May 14, 2015, Farm Foundation, a nonprofit organization that attempts to promote dialogue between the various farm sectors, conducted the first of a series of forums designed to educate livestock producers, veterinarians, and government regulators regarding the phasing-out of antimicrobial-drug use in food producing animals.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the growing resistance to antimicrobial-drugs represents a “global threat.” Significantly, FDA states that “[a]ntimicrobial use in animals can contribute to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria that may be transferred to humans, thereby reducing the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs for treating human disease.”

To combat the dangers associated with antimicrobial-drug use in animals, FDA has issued a series of guidelines on the judicious use and the phasing out of these drugs. 

Though FDA’s guidelines are voluntary, its recommendations are often difficult for interested livestock producers and veterinarians to fully understand.  Through its forum series, Farm Foundation seeks to provide these individuals with the tools necessary to achieve the recommended FDA guidelines.  Furthermore, Farm Foundations hopes to help government regulators better understand the challenges producers and veterinarians face when attempting to implement the suggested guidelines.
Written by M. Sean High - Staff Attorney
May 29, 2015

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