The FDA is proceeding with plans to place new restrictions on certain antibiotics that are used for growth promotion in livestock.
The FDA initiative would also require more veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. However, there some issues associated with that requirement. One is the shortage of food animal veterinarians in some parts of the country. The other is the extra workload and paperwork that may come with the increased oversight responsibilities.
FDA has been holding a series of meetings around the U.S. to allow public feedback on the challenges veterinarians and producers will face under the proposed rules. At a meeting in Fort Collins, Colorado in early May, we visited with some of the meeting participants about the FDA’s strategy.
Christine Hoang is the assistant director of the scientific activities division of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. David Dargatz works in the Fort Collins office of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He talks about the veterinary shortage that is a problem is some areas of the U.S.
Meghann Pierdon is swine veterinarian from Lancaster County in central Pennsylvania.
Brad Thorton is a pork producer from Kuna, Idaho.