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FDA Starts Grant Program for Antimicrobial Data

Thursday, March 24, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a funding opportunity to support the collection of data on antimicrobial use in animal agriculture. The funded data collection efforts are intended to provide needed information on antimicrobial use practices in the major food-producing animal groups—cattle, swine, and poultry—and to gather information on data collection methodologies to help optimize long-term strategies for collecting and reporting such data. The data will advance the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria’s objective to enhance monitoring of antibiotic usage and management practices in food-producing animals. The data obtained will specifically support efforts to assess the rate of adoption of changes outlined in the FDA’s Guidance for Industry #213, help gauge the success of antibiotic stewardship efforts and guide their continued evolution and optimization and assess associations between antibiotic use practices and resistance. Applications to receive funding are due by June 24.

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