Approval and Availability of Antimicrobials for Use in Food-Producing Animals

Comment on this policy for review Fall 2017

The AVMA recognizes that the availability of antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals is essential to maintain the safety of the US food supply. Central to this goal is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) use of scientific methods supported by substantial data to evaluate product safety and efficacy when approving, withdrawing, or modifying antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals.

The AVMA supports a national, coordinated, and scientifically-based response to the issue of antimicrobial resistance. This includes a rigorous, transparent FDA approval process that comprises an assessment of the impact on public health, animal health and welfare, and food safety. The AVMA supports the science-based processes of the FDA in the regulation of antimicrobials for their intended use in food animals in accordance with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act.

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