The much anticipated report on the antibiotic/drug sampling study conducted by the FDA in 2012 has not yet been released. While it would be nice if we, as an industry, never had to face the release of this report; it seems prudent to continue preparing for the implications. A few thoughts:
1. It is coming. Predicting its arrival may be a bit like predicting the arrival of spring this year. Although it’s coming later than expected, there continue to be signs that it will be released. The WI Dept of Ag and the WI Secretary of Ag are holding meetings the first full week of May with dairy plants to continue preparing for the possible implications.
2. We are making progress. We have received positive feedback from one of the FDA inspectors out of the Green Bay area that many customers of Valley Vet Clinic have some of the best records she has seen. It is always good to get compliments from the regulatory folks!
3. Let’s keep our eyes on the goal: to be part of a food system that provides milk & meat free of residues. Along with this comes the responsibility to maintain records validating that all medicines are used properly. Though it is easy to let the record keeping slide in the busyness of our workdays, it is an essential part of maintaining our customer’s confidence in the food we produce.
If you have any questions or concerns about the drug use records maintained on your farm, please call any of the vets at Valley Vet Clinic or discuss it at your next vet visit.