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AFIA releases statement on proposed Veterinary Feed Directive

Published on 13 December, 2013, Last updated at 16:13 GMT

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) yesterday released the following statement in reply to FDA's proposed Veterinary Feed Directive.

"The American Feed Industry Association is very supportive of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule, which proposes to ease the administrative burden for feed mills accepting VFDs. AFIA notes that everyone must be on board with this rule and is working with members on how to comply. We will be hosting webinars and providing documents for feed manufacturers on how to best comply with the new rule as we move into the future.

"AFIA continues to be concerned about the lack of veterinarians trained to complete VFDs as well as the lack of large animal veterinarians in general. There are some 15 or so chemical entities that are approved as animal drugs and over 120 different uses that will be affected by changes FDA is proposing. We are working closely with our customer organisations and our membership to review and implement these changes in a timely manner."


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