The AVMA supports a safe, abundant, and wholesome food supply raised in an environment that enhances public health and animal well-being. The AVMA recognizes that the use of FDA approved pharmaceuticals in food animals is necessary to treat, prevent and control disease, to improve animal well-being and to present healthy and safe animals for market. The AVMA supports the tolerances for residues for all FDA-CVM approved food animal pharmaceuticals.
Preventing violative drug residues is a basic tenet of responsible animal care and of safe food production. Veterinarians have an essential role in preventing such violations and ensuring the appropriate and judicious use of pharmaceuticals on food animal operations. Therefore, the AVMA advocates for: