Pig farmers will have to look carefully at antibiotics labels before making a purchase, as new laws call for the end of specific types of medications.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has pushed to bar the use of antibiotics for the promotion of growth or nutritional efficiency purposes under a new version of Guidance 209. However, antibiotics can still be used for therapeutic uses and health reasons, Pork Network reports. Products that note prevention, control and treatment on labels are still acceptable to use.
There are still some questions left on the table by the legislation, such as how water-based medications will be handled. The FDA hasn't fully spelled out plans for all the different types of antibiotics.
The new law also calls for more involvement of veterinarians.
"A veterinarian will have to write an order to incorporate any medically important antimicrobial products into animal feed," Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council, told the Pork Network. "We've always been supportive of veterinary oversight and judicious use of antibiotics."
Agriculture farmers and meat producers have had to deal with more regulations lately as the FDA begins to regulate food more closely.