The biggest change for pork producers, veterinarians and feed mills will be the expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD) process. Previously, only three products required a VFD, and all are labeled for swine use. While you may be familiar with the current VFD regulation and process, the new FDA rule will require some additional time and effort on the part of producers and their veterinarians. Here are some key steps required to comply:
The take-home message for producers: Talk with your veterinarian about using any antibiotics that fall under the new VFD requirement. Most antibiotics labeled for use in swine will be affected by the VFD rule; however, a few compounds of interest will not be affected. These include bacitracin, tiamulin, carbadox, ionophores and bambermycin.
List of affected products