U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

After a whirlwind of comments and criticisms, USDA has updated its statement regarding the abrupt deactivation of its Animal Care Search Tool, available here https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/185b051.

Similar to statements published on interested parties’ websites, USDA confirmed that this decision was based on internal discussions and review that predated the new administration.

In 2016, well before

In preparation for the VFD final rule, which outlines the revised process for authorizing use of VFD drugs (animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed and that require the supervision of a licensed veterinarian), FDA released it’s final version of its industry guidance #233 titled “Veterinary Feed Directive-Common Format Questions and

FDA, gearing up for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), recently “issued a letter reminding retail establishments that sell medically important antimicrobials for use in feed or water for food animals that the marketing status of those products will change from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx) or to veterinary feed directive (VFD)

FDA issued a draft revised guidance for industry, “General Principles for Evaluating the Human Food Safety of New Animal Drugs Used In Food-Producing Animals” in July 2016 that “described the type of information that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recommends sponsors provide [the agency] to address the

While there is a dispute amongst attorneys about FDA’s authority to govern compounding in veterinary medicine in the absence of amendments to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, there is no doubt that states may legislate or regulate this area of practice.

Compounding, defined by AVMA as “any manipulation of a drug beyond

A number of presenters at this recent conference described the landscape of federal and state oversight of veterinary drugs and therapeutics.

Here is a quick primer on the topic:

USDA’s Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) is authorized, under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (VSTA) of 1913, amended by the Food Security Act of 1985, to license and

I attended the first ever Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Animal Health and Veterinary Drugs and Therapeutics, “a comprehensive guide to the latest developments affecting drugs for companion animals and livestock,” held in New York City by the American Conference Institute, on September 10-11.

Attendees and speakers were the who’s-who of this area of

As discussed in USDA, FDA, and EPA-confusing authority over livestock production and food labeling, several federal agencies have varying control over livestock production and the food resulting therefrom.

For example, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in USDA is “responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products

The New York Times published an article[1] on the use of a growth promotant (ractopamine) used by some cattle and hog producers to increase the efficiency of the final stages of growth before animals are slaughtered. I recently described the shift away from the use of antibiotics in the livestock industry.

USDA recently approved

As discussed in prior postings, there are animal and public health concerns associated with the growing practice of feeding raw food to pets.

The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) recently reported they will step up their efforts to study potential risks from such feeding practices.

CDC described an investigation they have begun to determine