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Farmers, vets working closely under new antibiotic rules

Farmers, vets working closely under new antibiotic rules
Michelle Sprague, right, of AMVC Veterinary Services in western Iowa, says vets work to determine the best treatments for each animal health challenge.

Pig farmers are adjusting to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) expanded veterinary feed directive and other rules regarding antibiotic use, and they continue to work closely with their veterinarians in making animal health decisions, a panel of experts said recently.

Phil Lampert, the Supermarket Guru, led an event at the Pork Industry Forum earlier this month with a panel of experts. The session was broadcast online and through Facebook to reach consumers with an interest in antibiotics use.

"The pork industry is leading the way in antibiotic stewardship," Lampert said. "It’s important to recognize just how complicated an issue this can be."

John Johnson, chief operating officer of the National Pork Board, which hosted the event, said consumers are interested in their food, including where their food comes from and how it’s produced.

"We find that their No. 1 concern is for food safety," Johnson said.

Working under the guidance of the new rules...




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