Comment from Joseph Itle

The is a Comment on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposed Rule: Veterinary Feed Directive

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To whom it may concern:
Many of the users of antibiotics in the feed are small operators who have only a few animals who need medication in the feed for a limited period of time. Most of these people do not have a veterinary client patient relationship and would require a farm visit by a licensed veterinarian in order to receive a directive in order to treat the animals with antibiotics in the feed. This visit would be time consuming, expensive and difficult due to lack of proper restraint facilities. My question would be how long a period of time would the directive be legal once the oringinal directive was written? I am not sure that there are enough qualified food animal veterinarians availabe to enforce such a regulation! Seems to me this will result in an animal welfare issue because of lack of proper care of animals in time of need. Our regular veterinary clients will be covered but will add extra veterinary costs when a farm visit will be required by a veterinarianin order to write a directive. This sounds like a good idea but going to be difficult to have the man power to manage the animal's health in a timely manner.
Comment Period Closed
Mar 12 2014, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: FDA-2010-N-0155-0144
Tracking Number: 1jx-89kb-5zd4

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Date Posted: Mar 10, 2014
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Country: United States
State or Province: PA
Category: Private Industry - C0003