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FDA's Antibiotic Changes coming January 1, 2017

On the UMN Swine Extension website you will find fact sheets and a recorded presentation talking about the antibiotic changes.

  • FDA's Antibiotic Changes for Swine: What Pork Producers Need to Know
  • Swine Feed Medications Transitioning from Over-the-Counter to Veterinary Feed Directive Status
  • Swine Water Medications Transitioning from Over-the-Counter to Prescription Status

On January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new regulation addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production will take effect. Many of the antibiotics used in swine feed and/or delivered via the water will be changing in the method they are marketed to producers. Medically important antibiotics used in feed will be changing from over-the-counter (OTC) to VFD. Water soluble medications will be changing from OTC to prescription (Rx). Producers need to talk to their veterinarians now about using any antibiotics that fall under the new antibiotic regulations. Producers should not wait until January 2017 to work out their plans for dealing with these changes! Both VFDs and water Rx medications will require a veterinarian- client- patient relationship. The antibiotic changes do not apply to injectable antibiotics.

The antibiotic changes will affect producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers. Producers include all livestock producers including 4-H, FFA and other youth raising livestock.

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