June 01, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration hopes a guide and draft guide on antimicrobial use and availability and a proposed change in the process of issuing veterinary feed directives will lead industries to change the way antimicrobials are used in livestock. If industry agrees to follow the voluntary guidance, fewer antimicrobials would be available for production uses rather than to treat, prevent, or control disease.
In April Dr. Cheryl L. Eia began overseeing the AVMA's emergency preparedness and response activities. As the Association's preparedness and response coordinator, Dr. Eia is supervising the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team program and engaging in policy coordination, outreach, and educational activities.
Several organizations are working on preventive measures for manufacturers to increase the safety of pet food. The American Feed Industry Association recently rolled out voluntary programs to certify that facilities that manufacture pet food or pet food ingredients meet certain safety standards. The Pet Food Institute is expanding model manufacturing principles. The FDA has begun to implement provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act that will impact pet food manufacturers.