The National Pork Producers Council expects the pork industry will lose growth promotion labels for most of the antibiotics used in swine medicine in the next three to five years.
NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom is encouraging producers to start preparing for that now. She says they should also prepare for a closer working relationship with their swine veterinarian.
Wagstrom says that's because virtually all remaining uses of antibiotics in swine feed will fall under the Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive as part of FDA's Guidance #209.
Wagstrom cautions producers that animal activists are now on the attack against prevention and control means of using antibiotics as well.
She says the situation should be watched closely to ensure attacks on therapeutic claims for antibiotics aren't ramped up.
According to Wagstrom - that would be devastating for animal care and animal welfare.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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