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 issuing veterinarian is required to keep the original VFD; the feed mill/distributor and producer (client) must each keep a copy of the VFD. Hard-copy or electronic versions are allowed.
  • The VFD and records of the related feed distribution must be kept for a period of two years.
  • Each VFD includes a specific expiration date. Any VFD feed remaining after its related VFD has expired may not be fed to animals without obtaining a new VFD. This would include any remaining feed in a bin or feeder.

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