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FDA Issues Proposed Rule on Antimicrobial Sales and Distribution Data by Animal Species

June 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has opened a public consultation regarding its proposed rule mandating that all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals include estimates of sales by major food-producing species, such as cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys to better understand how antimicrobials are sold or distributed for use in major food-producing animals.

The proposed rule is also expected to provide the following:

  • Assistance to the administration in ensuring careful use of medically important antimicrobials
  • Improvement of report timeliness, as the FDA will be required to published an annual summary report of antimicrobial sales and distribution information by December 31 of the following yearA ninety-day comment period has been provided.