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FDA Issues Revised Guidance on Veterinary Feed Directive

04/11/19 By
Merck Veterinary Manual

At the end of March 2019 FDA issued revised guidelines in a Q&A format that are designed to help veterinarians, feed distributors, and animal producers comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive regulations that have been in effect since January 2017. The guidelines require that medically important antimicrobials only be used in food-producing animals for therapeutic purposes and must be under the direction of a veterinarian. Growth-promoting uses of these drugs are prohibited. 

More details on the guidelines for Veterinary Feed Directive regulations are available from FDA. 

More information on use of growth promotants and production enhancers in food-producing animals and ways to help prevent development of resistance to antibiotics is available in the Merck Veterinary Manual.

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome
Equine metabolic syndrome is an abnormality in carbohydrate metabolism. It is often associated with obesity and increased fat deposition in the neck and tail head regions. The syndrome is common in some breeds but rare in others. Which of the following breeds does NOT show a predisposition for this syndrome?