Workshops on new feed guidelines set

Staff report

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture will host two informational meetings to introduce veterinarians, producers, feed mill operators and extension agents to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Veterinary Feed Directive, which goes into effect Jan. 1.

The workshops will include presentations from the FDA and practicing veterinarians. They are free of charge and will include lunch. Advance registration is required by Nov. 3 and each meeting will be limited to 200 participants.

Two meetings will be held Nov. 10 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture offices, Bromfield Administration Building (Auditorium), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg. One meeting runs 9 a.m. to noon, the second is 1 to 4 p.m.

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On Sept. 21, the FDA issued draft guidance for those in the agriculture industry called, “Veterinary Feed Directive Common Format Questions and Answers” to provide animal drug sponsors who are seeking approval for use of their drug in or on animal feed as a veterinary feed directive drug.

The regulations may also impact how animal feed is regulated and provided by feed mills to farmers. The FDA has announced a feedback period beginning Dec. 1 for the public to provide input on the new regulations.

Staff report