FDA announces public meetings with food animal producers and veterinarians

The FDA has announced a series of five meetings to provide the public with opportunities to discuss and provide critical feedback on the challenges faced by livestock producers and veterinarians as the agency phases in veterinary oversight of the therapeutic use of certain medically important antimicrobials. The meetings are intended to provide a forum to discuss potential challenges faced by animal producers in areas that may lack access to adequate veterinary services and to explore possible options for minimizing adverse impacts. The meetings, jointly sponsored by FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, are scheduled as follows:

• April 9, 2013, in Bowling Green, Ken.
• April 23, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.
• May 8, 2013, in Fort Collins, Colo.
• May 21, 2013, in Pierre, S.D.
• June 4, 2013, in College Station, Texas

The AVMA will have a representative at the meetings to provide background information on veterinary oversight from the AVMA perspective.