New Website Highlights the Steps the Agriculture Community is taking to Prepare for 2017 Changes in the use of Antibiotics
Website Highlights New FDA Policies that Usher in Updated Standards for Antibiotics Used in Food Animals
PR Newswire, Washington, D.C. [September 13, 2016]
Today, a number of agriculture groups—including the Animal Health Institute, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Animal Agriculture Alliance—launched a new educational website, www.togetherABX.com, providing information about how the Food and Drug Administration’s new policy will change the way antibiotics are used to keep food animals healthy.
The new policy, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, will stop the use of antibiotics similar to those used in humans for animal growth purposes. The policy also requires the supervision of a veterinary medical doctor when antibiotics that are used to treat people are also used to fight disease in animals.
“This policy ensures that the antibiotics classes we need as humans are only administered to food animals when medically necessary to fight disease,” said Alexander S. Mathews, President and CEO of the Animal Health Institute (AHI). “Most importantly, the policy protects animal health and well-being while providing consumers with the safest food possible.”
Human and animal health experts agree that antibiotic resistance is a public health concern, which is why animal production practices include judicious use guidelines to ensure that antibiotics can be used to keep food animals healthy, while minimizing the chance of resistant bacteria impacting human health. Farmers, veterinarians and the companies that make medicines for animals have collaborated with the FDA to implement guidelines that maximize animal health and well-being, while providing consumers with the safest food possible.
“A licensed veterinarian on a farm is to animals what a physician is to humans,” said Dr. Richard Carnevale, vice president of regulatory, scientific and international affairs at the Animal Health Institute. “Veterinarians provide a critical service by keeping farm animals healthy, thereby safeguarding human health. As a veterinarian, I hope the togetherABX effort will result in greater public understand of the role of veterinarians.”
The new website also will contain information about how farmers and veterinary medical doctors manage the use of antibiotics on farms and ranches.
Visit the site at www.togetherABX.com.
About The Animal Health Institute
AHI represents the companies that manufacture animal health products – the pharmaceuticals, vaccines and feed additives used in modern food production, and the medicines that keep pets healthy.
About National Pork Producers Council
NPPC is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, protecting the livelihoods of America’s 68,000 pork producers, who abide by ethical principles in caring for their animals, in protecting the environment and public health and in providing safe, wholesome, nutritious pork products to consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.nppc.org.
About National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Animal Agriculture Alliance
The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.
Ron Phillips (AHI): 202.637.2440
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