How is the industry working to ensure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Guidances 209 and 213 are effective?
Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health threat. Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and medical doctors all have a role to better understand how to minimize this threat. One major step the agriculture industry is taking is eliminating the use of antibiotics for growth purposes. By December 2016, FDA Guidances 209 and 213 will make it illegal for antibiotics that are medically important to human health to be used to promote growth in food animals. Additionally, FDA Guidance 209 will require veterinarian oversight when administering medically important antibiotics to food animals.
Once these new standards go into effect, farmers, ranchers and veterinarians will be ethically and legally required to follow the new rules outlined on antibiotics drug labels.