The FDA's New Veterinary Feed Directive – Dairy Q & A Fact Sheet

September 2016

The latest Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Final Rule was issued in June 2015 by the Food and Drug Administration in response to the public perception that the use of antibiotics in animal feed may be leading to antibiotic resistance. The FDA’s new rules will eliminate the use of feed-based antimicrobials for improved growth and feed efficiency if the antimicrobials are considered to be “medically important” for humans.

Going forward, in order to purchase any antimicrobials considered medically important in feed, a supplier will need a written VFD order from a veterinarian. The veterinarian will need to have a legitimate veterinarian-client relationship (the definition of which varies by state), and the prescribed antimicrobials cannot be approved for any other use beyond what is on the label.

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