This week, the Food and Drug Administration released their guidance limiting the use of on farm antibiotics in order to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance in humans. The National Pork Producers Council and American Veterinary Medical Association say they’ve worked with FDA and are pleased with the results. NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom says the guidelines will mean changes for pork producers who use antibiotics.
Wagstrom says therapeutic uses by producers for disease treatment, control and prevention in animals will only be allowed under the direct order of a veterinarian.
She says NPPC is hoping future and more stringent antibiotics won’t be needed if these new guidelines work.
Under the new guidelines animal health companies have three months to tell FDA whether they will comply with the guidance and then three years to implement the changes.