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USDA to launch study on antimicrobial use on swine operations

From May through August 2017, the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), in collaboration with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will conduct a national study focusing on how antimicrobials are used on swine operations in the United States.

Thursday 27 April 2017 (1 years 7 months 13 days ago)
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In particular, the study will examine antimicrobial use and stewardship practices on swine nursery and grower-finisher facilities with a capacity of at least 1,000 head.

The USDA Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan, released in 2015, recommended that USDA agencies perform enhanced monitoring of antimicrobial use in food-producing animals. In addition, beginning on January 1, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated policy changes regarding the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals.

These changes include:

  • Eliminating the use of medically important antimicrobials for growth promotion purposes in foodproducing animals, and
  • Requiring veterinary oversight for use of medically important antimicrobials in animal feed or water.

The NAHMS Antimicrobial Use on U.S. Swine Operations, 2017 study will gather information on antimicrobial-use practices in 2016, before implementation of FDA policy changes. Specific objectives of the study follow:

  • Describe antimicrobial-use practices in feed and water on production sites with a capacity of at least 1,000 weaned market pigs.
  • Estimate the percentage of production sites using and the percentage of weaned market pigs receiving specific antimicrobials in feed and/or water by reasons for use.
  • Provide baseline data on antimicrobial-use practices in place before implementation of FDA policy changes. This baseline can be used for evaluating trends over time.
  • Describe antimicrobial stewardship practices on production sites with weaned market pigs.

April 2017/ APHIS-USDA/ United States.
https://www.aphis.usda.gov

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