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Meat Institute Submits Comments on Proposal to Establish Targeted Durations for Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its proposal to establish appropriately targeted durations of therapeutic use of medically important antimicrobials administered in the feed or water of food-producing animals. The Meat Institute urged FDA to consider the health and welfare of food animals and the economic impact of such a change before deciding whether durations should be determined for the antimicrobials, and explained that any decisions should be based on strong scientific data.

In addition, the Meat Institute responded to FDA's six specific questions regarding the animals at risk, current industry practices, sources of information used when making treatment decisions, pros and cons of determining specific treatment durations of each drug and suggested alternatives for antimicrobial use for treatment of the diseases listed. To read the Institute's full comments, click here .

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