Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the new FDA requirements for the marketing and labeling of human antibiotics in animal feed and used for growth promotion will become fully effective.
Driving the change is consumer concern that the use of these antibiotics in food sources is creating antibiotic resistance in humans. Therefore, what has been traditionally available over the counter; will now require veterinarian approval and supervision.
Not all antibiotics are affected; Decoquinate and Amprolium (used in our sheep and poultry feeds respectively) and injectable antibiotics are not affected.
Antibiotics that are changing to VFD status and will require a prescription (a VFD form) include: Neomycin, Terramycin, Tylosin, Chlortetracycline, Oxytetracycline and Virginiamycin.
Important aspects of the new VFD process include:
- The prescription (a VFD form) must be obtained from a veterinarian licensed to practice in the state & have a client relationship, .
- A prescription (VFD form) is valid for a max. of 6 months,
- VFD records must be maintained for at least two years by the veterinarian, feed supplier, and the user,
- The expiration date is the last date the feed can be fed,
- Feed mills need a current VFD order to be on file to fulfill orders,
- Labeling must state: “Caution: Federal law restricts medicated feed containing this VFD drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.”
- •You can fill a VFD order at any mill, retailer or other establishment listed as a distributor with the FDA.
To comply with the new FDA rules and to simplify the purchasing process for our customers, King Feeds have changed the medications contained in our Swine feeds so that a VFD script from a veterinarian is not required.
King Brand Pig Starter now contains Denagard (tiamulin) and Boss Hog contains BMD (bacitracin methylene disalicylate). The Umbarger Hearne Show Pig Feeds (Pedal Down, Spot Light and Massive) also use BMD.
For more information on the new rules, please visit FDA Consumer Updates