FSMA & VFD?: More Letters and Regulations

FSMA & VFD?:  More Letters and Regulations
11/3/2016

With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), dairy producers are concerned with what potential impact these regulations have on them and their operation. The quick answer to the concern is the impact of the VFD will be felt more than FSMA by dairy producers.

Both regulations have been enacted to further improve the safety of our food supply.  With consumer perspectives changing over the years, the FDA feels that there is still room for improvement. FSMA's intent is to have the animal food industry become proactive rather than reactive to better protect foodborne illness in the United States. The Veterinary Feed Directive seeks to provide oversight on the use of antibiotics in animal feeds given the ever increasing concern about antibiotic resistance.

The VFD more directly affects livestock producers, veterinarians, and feed suppliers in varied capacities. The crux of this regulation is to establish a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). The VFD will be implemented beginning on January 1, 2017.

Should you have any questions regarding the VFD regulation, please reach out to your Nobis Agri Science Nutritionist as they will be able to help field some of your questions or concerns. Also, if you are looking for more information regarding the VFD or FSMA regulations click on one of the links below.

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm

http://www.dairyherd.com/advice-and-tips/fsma-and-vfd-more-letters-and-regulations-how-my-dairy-farm-affected

Tags: FSMA, Veterinary Feed Directive