What are the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Guidances 209 and 213 and how do they relate to animal agriculture production?
In March 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Guidances 209 and 213 regarding the responsible use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. Under these Guidances, farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and animal pharmaceutical companies have until December 2016 to phase out growth promotion uses for medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.
To date, all animal pharmaceutical companies have voluntarily agreed to FDA Guidances 209 and 213. Once the labels have been changed to eliminate the use of certain antibiotics for growth purposes, it will be mandatory for farmers, ranchers and veterinarians to follow the instructions outline on the new drug labels.