The draft guidance is a statement of principles that is open for comment and could ultimately lead to regulatory action. Public comments should be submitted by August 30th to http://www.regulations.gov. The docket ID number is FDA-2010-D-0094.
The two principles outlined in the draft guidance include:
- The use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals should be limited to those uses that are considered necessary for assuring animal health.
- The use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals should be limited to those uses that include veterinary oversight or consultation.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), "There is little to no evidence that restricting or eliminating the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals would improve human health or reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance to humans." The AVMA does not support The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (H.R. 1549/S. 619).
FYI: Antibiotics (e.g. penicillin) are a type of antimicrobial, but not all antimicrobials are antibiotics.
Read Healthy Animals Produce Healthy Food